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Ethiopia: 2015 Diversity Visa Program Registration
September 30, 2013 – The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is please to share, below, the Department of State announcement for the 2015 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2015). Ethiopia is an eligible country for DV-2015. DV-2015 applicants must submit entries online to the website address below. There is no charge for applications. Persons or entities that represent themselves as authorized agents of the U.S. Government and that charge a fee to submit applications or provide other services are fraudulent.
Results will be posted online beginning May 1, 2014 and applicants must use their unique identification number to access results. The online Entry Status Check will be the ONLY way selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2015. The State Department will not be mailing out notification letters, nor will the Department send an email to those selected. Any e-mail claiming to announce results is fraudulent.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
2015 Diversity Visa Program Registration
The 2015 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2015) will open at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and will close at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Saturday, November 2, 2013. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at dvlottery.state.gov. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entrants must print and retain their online confirmation page after completing their DV entries so that they will be able to check their entry status. We strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after 12:00 p.m. EDT on November 2, 2013.
The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 and provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants.” Section 203(c) of the INA provides a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Fifty-five thousand immigrant visas are set aside for DV immigrants; however, since DV-1999, Congress has set aside 5,000 of this annual allocation to be made available for use under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for Diversity Visas. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the period of the past five years. No single country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.
For DV-2015, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.
A “native” ordinarily means someone born within a particular country, regardless of the individual's current country of residence or nationality. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
The Department of State implemented the electronic registration system beginning with DV-2005 in order to make the Diversity Visa process more efficient and secure. We utilize special technology and other means to identify those who commit fraud for the purposes of illegal immigration or those who submit multiple entries.
For DV-2015, the Department of State will once again implement an online process to notify entrants of their selection, and to provide information about the immigrant visa application and interview. Beginning May 1, 2014, DV-2015 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check online through Entry Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov to see if their entry was selected. Successful entrants will receive instructions for how to apply for immigrant visas for themselves and their eligible family members. Changes in U.S. immigration practice as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act also apply to DV-2015 applicants. U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way as applications for opposite gender spouses.
Confirmation of visa interview appointments will also be made through Entry Status Check.
For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV program, please see the instructions for the DV-2015 Diversity Visa program available at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Another chance given by the beautiful America to breath the air of freedom. You can think freely, you can speak freely, you can worship freely and so on in our AMERICA.
FRESH BLOOD, EPRDF GENERATION EN ROUTE…
SMARTER, BETTER EDUCATED AND BETTER LOOKING THAN OPPOSITION DIASPORA DERG RIF-RAFS!
God bless America! Many lives have been changed due to the generosity of this great nation.
VERY WELL ,MIMI “Sebehatu ?..LOL!!”
Unfortunatly for you and your Thuggt Bros ,this is just another DV visas anouncement not a “FREE ENTRANCE PERMISSION” specially for Tigre Mafiosis ,Agazi Cadres ,Goat Herder Agazi bandits ,illeterate
Agazi Village Idiots and bandas .
Either Dv to come Ethiopia honestly i need that? Ayooo Americhaaaa ……!!
@mimi.First their is no eprdf generation their is tplf generation.second without diasporas our coutry can not even one day survive.u can search on Google. Third we are new generation we have nothing to do with derg we are the new generation who want to see in our country democracy, development, justic, equality, unity. Until we achive our goal our strugle against ethnic apprtihde continus.dont Support the regim Only because you are tigre. I am 99% sure you are tplf.ZEREGNA
This is not something we should be jumping in joy for ! another Americn plot! another way of stealing the useful generation and braindrain the so called third world so that we may remain third world.
I wish you and your alike hate to run away and try to make our country a better place by fighting face to face with woyane. It is a great joy for them to see Ethiopia is robbed of her educated and hopes of the country running out in the name of freedom and better living. The irony of it is two three years after your arrival at the chaotic america where “only the strong survives” you start whaling for “your country Ethiopia” and we call you poor diaspora! Shame on you for your excitment of giving yourself to slavery and denying your mother country her right of being served after all those years of raising, feeding and educating you ! we live only once and history can only made by those who dare the impossible.
Hey Az, how you doing man? Have Adanetch and Zenebetch also applied for this thing? From what I read you haven’t been home for Meskal, incredible as it seems! Le Meskal hageru yemaygeba Gurage Gurage aybalem!!! Me? I just came back.
Reference to Hursi’s comment:
You seem to see the well meant Diversity Visa Program from America as a plot. Why would America, the most powerful and rich nation on earth would plot against developing country like Ethiopia. America gives chances to those who want to come to America to work and pay tax to the U.S government. After all, America did not force any one to apply for Diversity Visa Program. It is a free choice of every Ethiopian. Personally young Ethiopians who are unemployed or employed but the salary he or she gets is little and seek to come to America through Diversity Visa Program in search of better ife and employment is a wonderful opportunity. After all, if he or she does not like America they are free to return to Ethiopia. America is not stealing Ethiopians as you stated in your comment. You are jealous of those Ethiopians who got the DVs. Most likely, you may have applied for the DV and must have been denied. Please mind your business and leave Ethiopians to do what they believe is right. I am an Ethiopian by origin and I find Diversity Visa Program excellent. I thank America and Americans for giving Ethiopians the opportunity for employment and to experience life in America. Long live America and Americans!
Amoraw (Rock head),
I think you are missing the point here. the message above says ‘You can think freely, you can speak freely, you can worship freely and so on in our AMERICA.’. You see there is a difference between rock head and people who are free. The rock head think there is a country called Ethiopia under the current thugs and criminals (Please read Ato Gebremedhin`s current posting on Ethiomedia)but free abeshans know that Ethiopia has left thugs and criminals in 1983 and is safe and alive with its sons and daughters waiting on the day of freedom.
give all amhara/oromo Dergists exit visa so ethiopia can be pure tigray country
Very good and this announcement gives good opportunity to many people who wish to see and live in America.
At least 13 undocumented men from Eritrea died Monday trying to reach the beach at Sampieri in southeastern Sicily, Italian media said.
LATINO DAILY NEWS Tuesday October1,2013
Daily thousands of Eritreans leave the country.They face many problems.One of them is vanishing in the waters of red sea and Mediterranean.I hope the world community will come up with solutions which illuminate these crises.
If your comment has to do with what I said above, I can only add the following.
I said “Plot” because no one forces no body but deceiving the young and potential educated third world generation for “better living.” How do you define better living? for how long? This is simply giving up yourself thinking to live better. It is not always true and not everyone who went with such programm is successful. For your information, I by any means am not saying this being jealous. I have been there and went to study and after my graduation at the time I was offered a lot of opportunity to remain for which I refused and returned back to Ethiopia. You know when it was? It was during Mengistu’s bloody regime was murdering in thousands in the name of red terror. I survived though and I am hoping to survive from this woyane divide and rule system trying to do my best for the country I call my “Ethiopia".
Imagine poor Ethiopia raising a child from elementery to college investing from the least resource she have hoping to get an educated son who given the chance will contribute something, at the end of the day running out with “DV” to America! For us because it is in hundreds and thousands, it will be never ending visious circle of lagging behind, but for America a good fortune to have a young, educated and eager to do anything for “better life” without spending a penny. This is sad, otherwise what makes you think I can be jealous for? I live only once and do what I stand for! I am an Ethiopian and die as an Ethiopian. Period! You are free to think whatever comes to your mind.
Just cool down and don’t be nasty!
1. Why should I get jealous? If need I can travel to the US any time and have been there, but it is the least places for me to live there. but what you said makes no sense when you wrote:
“You are jealous of those Ethiopians who got the DVs. Most likely, you may have applied for the DV and must have been denied. “
again you said:
“Please mind your business and leave Ethiopians to do what they believe is right. I am an Ethiopian by origin and I find Diversity Visa Program excellent. “
2 Why not? I do mind ! it has to do with my people and my country.If what I said about plot of robbing the young and fresh minds from the country like ours as you see it can not convience you, read more and think deep. DV is may be excellent for short sighted once not for those who really feel not to bite the hand which fed them for years!
again you continued saying:
“I thank America and Americans for giving Ethiopians the opportunity for employment and to experience life in America. Long live America and Americans!”
why don’t you spend the night lying infront of US Embassy to show your gratitude? You can praise America day and night and I will praise the poor but genrious mother Ethiopia for being what I am now. It is a matter of how we look at the mountain afar.
It has never crossed my mind to become an American and please respect my stand. For your informaton, as we have many great and well educated Ethiopian diasporas coming back, we have seen some drug addicts, pimps and gays many with unspeakable way of life. They all got it over there in the US ! where else????
U right mohammed.we have a gratest land. why peple exacited for USA. Usa Yehatiyat meflekiya nat. Ebakh sew hoy arfeh Hagerh tekemet poletkaw kertobeh befikr nur, i wish hagere bhon beahunu seat. yalyut hager ynafkal, yeyazut werk endemedab ykoteral.kelbe new yemlew hagerachu yshalachhal. Ezih bahl,haymanot yelem.
Reference to Amoraw’s comment:
I respect your opnion, I hope you respect mine as well. I am very well aware that you are addressing what the west call “Brain Drain". All Ethiopians who took advantag of the DVs are not scientist,engineers, teachers, and doctors. Many Ethiopians I met in Europe and America are young Ethiopians who have even not finished their high schools. Even if they are highly educated and want to leave Ethiopia for employment and better life, I personally respect their individual decisions and rights. The amont of money Ethiopians from America(Diaspora) are sending every year to Ethiopia is in billions of U.S dollars. One need to see this as a good source of foriegn currency which Ethiopia needs badly. I was once a nationalist like you when I was a young man. One has to consider the present reality in regard to employment possiblities in Ethiopia. Furthermore the slaray one gets in Ethiopia does not equate tothat of the living standard in the country. As you know we Ethiopians feel obligated to support our poor parents including relatives and neigbours in addition to our own family. Seeking employment with a better pay outside of Ethiopia becomes a priority for many Ethiopians. Therefore many Ethiopians apply for the DVs. I personally convinced no one Ethiopian leaves his or her Ethiopia if he or she has a very good job and salary. I want to point out to you how expensive for many Ethiopians particulaly for those who live in the cities and towns. The unemployment among the young Ethiopians is very high. As much as the government tries hard to creat employment and yet the employment created and the employment seekers numbers are no where close. After considering all the above mentioned reasons, I believe if America gives employment for the young unemployed Ethiopians, I see it as an opportunity and I am thankful to Amricaand Americans. I thank America and Americans in a civilized manner. I do not need to spend the night in fornt of U.S Embassy as you commentd. America looks for labor and Ethiopians are looking for employment. The Diversity Visa Program is a win win pogram for both Ethiopians and America. Therefore there is no better opportunit to young Ethiopians than this. I do not consider Diversity Visa Program as form of stealing young Ethiopians as you put it.
Mohammed Abdella [Visitor]
Now you are talking sensibly!
First my apology about my saying of praising America ..infront of US Embassy! that was not neccessary but again I AM SORRY.
Coming to the point, I am not totally against DV as I have also observed many who had no further education and even elderly Ethiopian also got the chance and now living a better life. But from my understanding the DV is targeted in having more labour for the US market from the third world. Ofcourse they mix some non professionals, elderly people etc. so that it looks as if all is by “lot” or chance and am not sure of it any way.
It is also corret many become source of income for their parents and relatives here in Ethiopia. This also have some negative impact which are:
a. always to rely on some one to lead his or her life.
b.some even do not think of those who send financial support themselves are paying a high price to earn it and become demanding!
c. some young ones who receive regular support from foreign living relatives live much better and own expensive gudgets, glittering outfits whithout ever giving a thought of the source which is sad!
d. It makes especially this government joyful when such young and educated once leave the country with less headache to think of any rebellion!
Otherwise my friend, I know all the benefits when some one is staying especially in developed countries the enlightment,education, work style and way of life even observing such things and returning back here can contribute positively.
By the way, I do not agree and not convinced America is not doing this simply with good intension. DV has its own story how and why for whom the program was initiated in the first place.
My friend you have no idea what Rock head means!
You can not justify your comment by being slanderious! behave like an adult and express yourself like an Ethiopian!
What I said has nothing to do about being to live with current Woyane government and the issue was about “brain drain of the third world” .
If this is not easly coming to your head, then it is you who is what you said you are!!! sorry!
america a freedom and free socity i love it i wish ethiopia would be free .
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