This year, Oct. 4th marked the opening of registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2018 Program, which annually makes available up to 55,000 U.S. immigrant visas to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For many, receiving an immigrant visa to the U.S. can be a dream come true. But if you are interested in applying, don’t let scammers turn your experience into a nightmare. The State Department’s Office of Visa Services warns that scam emails about the diversity visa program are on the rise.
You can only register for the 2018 Diversity Visa Program using the official website. But it is important to remember that registration closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. A random selection process will then be used to choose the applicants who may continue the application process.
If you are planning to enter the diversity visa program, be sure to avoid scams by only trusting information from websites ending in “.gov”. Official U.S. government websites and emails always end in “.gov”. Don’t be fooled by images of the U.S. flag, U.S. Capitol, White House or Statue of Liberty. Any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end in “.gov” is suspect.
If you are interested in immigrating to the United States, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!