Latest Updates on Diversity Visa Lottery 2019

It’s time to register for the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV Lottery), an opportunity not to be missed for anyone who dreams of moving permanently to the United States.

Participating in the annual lottery is one of the ways the US Department of State has approved to get the Green Card, the document that gives permanent residence in the United States, resulting in opportunities to live and work without restriction of time and place within the USA.

Each year, starting from 1990, the US government provides a total of 50,000 Green Cards for people born in countries that historically have a low immigrant rate to US. (except for Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom and the dependent territories, Vietnam).

To participate in the lottery you must submit your application electronically through the official website of the State Department (

Registration on the government website is free (beware of the many agencies that offer paid registrations through unauthorized portals), but it is essential to pay attention to and comply with the law requirements to be considered valid for the assignment of the Green Card once selected from the automatic lottery system.

It is recalled that every year, most of the electronically selected applications are immediately eliminated due to the lack of photo requirements and / or incorrectly entered personal information.

After this preliminary information on the DV Lottery, it is considered necessary to provide an update on the sessions in progress.

The window originally scheduled for the 2019 session began on October 3, 2017 and ended on November 7, 2017, granting, like every year, approximately one month for submitting applications.

However, at the opening of the session, many days of inactivity of the electronic system and silence were followed by the US Department of State.

Only yesterday, after about ten days of disservice, an official statement was issued, which reads as follows:

Due to a technical problem, the registration period DV-2019 started on October 3 was closed. Entries submitted during the 3-10 October period are not valid and have been removed from the system and will not be considered as duplicate entries. The technical problem has been resolved and a new full entry period will start at noon, legal time EST on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 and will continue until noon on Wednesday, 22 November 2017. Only registrations submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Delete any confirmations or other documentation you have in the possession of applications submitted during October 3-10.

It is therefore extremely important for those who are interested in participating in the DV Lottery – 2019 to submit their application from 18 October 2017.

In addition to this, remember to print and keep your confirmation number, the only tool to be able to control the outcome of the lottery from May 15, 2018.

The DV Lottery 2019 session will most likely be the last opportunity to award the permanent residency in the United States through this mode.

A few days ago, a representative of the new Trump administration announced publicly that the abolition of DV Lottery as of next year will be one of the main points of reform of the migration system.

For this, it is even more important to present – and present properly! – your application.

For more information on how to attend and meet the requirements, please feel free to contact our law firm. We will be happy to assist you and take part in your “American dream”.

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Article edited by Cav. Piero Salussolia, Esq. And Dr. Federica Magni with the collaboration of Adriana Trujillo.

Adriana Trujillo is a real estate professional with more than 15 years of experience in Real Estate, Investments and Financial Services. With deep knowledge of Transactions and Real Estate Investments and Real Estate Market Research. Extensive experience in the South Florida Real Estate Market and Latin American Real Estate Market. For any question you can contact her via email or by phone at +1 (239) 825 4832.


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