In this post, The 2022 DV Lottery Registration Guide to Avoid Disqualification is provided. The application process for the American Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is online and very simple. However, applicants need to be very careful when filling the form to avoid being disqualified from the draw or at the time of interview if they won the lottery.
Applicant should make sure they submit only one entry as allowed by the law during each registration period. Multiple entries are not permitted. Candidates with multiple entries will simply be disqualified. If you’re married, each of you can submit one application by adding the spouse as derivative.
To apply for the DV Lottery program, you need to submit the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form or DS-5501. The application form is available online through the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website during the specified registration period. There is no cost to register for the DV lottery program. Please register as soon as possible.
The system usually bugs in the last week of application due to the huge number of applicant in last days. You may not be able to submit your application. The entry submission period for DV-2022 is from 12:00 PM EDT (GMT-4) on October 7, 2020 to 12:00 PM EST (GMT-5) on November 10, 2020.
To start, please click on the apply button below and you will be redirected to a page shown in the picture below. Please pay attention to given instructions to avoid making a mistake that will cost you your immigration project to the United States of America.
Please click on the Begin Entry button to start. A page similar to the one shown below will open. Type the characters as they appear in the picture on the page (characters will be different from the one shown in the picture below) and click on the submit button.
You will then have access to the registration form which top part is shown in the picture below.
DV Lottery Registration – Personal Information
Please fill the form. Information you enter must be accurate and correct or you may be disqualified later. You will have approximately 30 min to fill the form. After 30 min the system will reset the form and you will have to start filling it from the beginning. So do prepare required information and photos before you restart the application process.
Candidates should input their last/family name, first name, middle name exactly as it appears on their passport in the corresponding field. If you have only one name, it must be entered in the last/family name field. If you have No First Name or No Middle Name, you must check the corresponding option otherwise the form will not move forward as a field will be left empty.
Applicants at this stage must select their gender (Male or Female).
3. Birth Date
You must enter your Birth date in the following format: day, month, year.
4. City Where You Were Born
Please enter the name of the City where you were born. Do not enter District/County/Province/State. If you don’t know the city where you were born, please check the “Birth City Unknown” below the Birth City field.
5. Country Where You Were Born
Please enter the name of the country of birth. Do remember to use the current name of the country you were born in.
DV Lottery Registration – Country of Eligibility and Passport Information
6. Country of Eligibility for the DV Program
Your country of eligibility (chargeability) is normally your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is NOT related to where you live Nor the citizenship you hold. Please answer the question Are you claiming eligibility based on the country where you were born? By selecting Yes or NO. If your answer is no (meaning your country of birth is ineligible), you have to choose another country from which you’re claiming eligibility.
If your birth country is not eligible, you may choose your country of eligibility as the country of birth of your spouse, or the country of birth of either of your parents if you were born in a country in which neither parent was born, and in which your parents were not resident at the time of your birth. Selecting an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability will disqualify you.
In order to submit an entry for the 2022 Diversity Visa program, you must currently possess a valid, unexpired passport from your country of nationality, unless exempt (see below). Please answer A or B.
A) Passport Information: Please enter your passport information in corresponding field.
B) Passport Exemption: Please select the option that correspond to your situation. Please note that if it’s later determined that you’re not exempt from the passport requirement, you may be disqualified from the Diversity Visa program.
DV Lottery Registration – Photograph Requirements
8. Entrant Photograph
The digital photo you want to upload may be of one of the following nature
A) digital image you take which must be:
- In JPEG (.jpg) file format
- Equal to or less than 240 KB (kilobytes) in file size
- In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)
- 600×600 pixels in dimension.
B) A scan of an existing photo. In addition to the digital image requirements, your scanned photo must be:
- 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
- Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)
Furthermore, the image to upload must meet the following requirements:
- In color ;
- In focus ;
- Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50 percent and 69 percent of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details ;
- Taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance ;
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background ;
- Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera ;
- With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open ;
- Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis ;
- Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily ;
- Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face ;
- Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo ;
- Do not wear eyeglasses ;
- If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.
Please click here to see examples of correct and incorrect images. Click here to see examples of acceptable photos. You can use this tool provided by the US Department of State to prepare your photos. Note that this tool will only work on Internet Explorer (IE).
Please click on the ‘Choose New Photo‘ button to select your prepared image for the application. If your photo do not comply with all specifications, you will be disqualified from the draw.
DV Lottery Registration – Contact Information
9. Mailing Address
Please enter your mailing address information. You may leave blank places where it’s written “Optional”
10. Country Where You Live Today
Please select the country Where You Live Today.
11. Phone Number
Please enter your phone number. Remember this is optional field. This mean you’re not required to fill it and it can be left blank.
12. E-mail Address
Please enter your e-mail Address and Confirm it. if selected you will receive follow-up email communication through this email address. So you should make sure to provide a valid email address to which you will still have access to during the entire processing time of your case.
DV Lottery Registration – Level of Education and Family Situation
13. What is the highest level of education you have achieved, as of today?
Please select the highest level of education you have achieved, as of today. You must have a minimum of a high school diploma reflecting the completion of a full course of study (vocation schools or equivalency degrees are not acceptable) or be a skilled worker in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to qualify (visit onetonline.org to see if your occupation qualifies) for a Diversity Visa.
14. What is your current marital status?
Please select your marital status. If you’re married at the time of application, you must select married. Married means legally married with official documents to prove that. If you’re married and apply as single, you will be disqualified at the time of interview. However, if you’re married traditionally and there is no official document to prove your status, you should apply as single.
15. Number of Children
Please enter the number of children you have. Children include all biological children, legally adopted children, and stepchildren who are unmarried and under the age of 21 on the date you submit your entry. You must include all eligible children, even if they do not live with you or if they do not intend to apply for a Diversity Visa as your derivative. Failure to list all eligible children is grounds for disqualification. If your child is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your entry.
Please click on the “Continue” button to move to the next page. If you’re married or have a child, you have to fill the same information and add a photograph for your spouse, children and click on the Continue button.
You will have access to a page where you will need to verify that all your entered information are correct. If correct, click on the “Continue” button to access the submission confirmation page. The page is similar to the one shown below.
You must save the submission confirmation page in order to be able to check your status in May 2021. You must save the page either electronically (recommended) or print it on paper. By experience, greatyop advices you to save the submission page in PDF and send it by email to trustful friend, family member or just save it as draft in your email. This will save you from a lot of trouble later when you need to check your status.
Please note that the deadline to register for the 2022 American Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is 12:00PM EST (GMT -5). To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.