DV Lottery 2017 Starts

The Embassy of the United States in Bucharest is announcing the Visa Lottery Program (Diversity Visa – DV) for 2017.  The Diversity Visa immigration program makes available to individuals who meet simple but strict qualifying requirements visas for permanent residence in the United States.  Romania is among the countries eligible to participate in the DV-2017 program.

The entries for the DV-2017 program must be sent online between noon, EDT on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and noon, EST on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  Paper entries are not accepted.  The U.S. State Department website for the submission of E-DV entries is https://dvprogram.state.gov/  No entries will be accepted after noon EST on November 3, 2015, regardless of system delays during the registration period.

The law allows only one entry by or for each person.  The sophisticated technology used by the Department of State will detect multiple entries.  If you send more than one entry per person, you will be disqualified.

Entering the program is free.  The U. S. Government does not employ consultants or private outside services to operate the DV program.  Any intermediaries or other individuals who offer assistance to prepare the entry are doing so without the authorization or consent of the Government of the United States.

Registered entries that comply with form submission instructions will result in the display of a confirmation screen page containing the entrant’s name and confirmation number, which should then be printed.  The confirmation screen page will provide information the entrant must use to electronically check the status of his/her own entry through the Entrant Status Check available at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ .  Only those entrants who have their confirmation information will be able to check their Entrant Status and, if selected, receive application instructions and notification of their interview appointment.  A link on the Entrant Status Check page will allow entrants to retrieve their confirmation number by entering their email address, last name, and year of birth.

Entrants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them.  Whether an entry is submitted by the individual directly, or assistance is provided by an attorney, friend, relative, etc., only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual, and the person entering DV-2017 remains responsible for ensuring that the information is correct and complete.

All entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the status of their entry through the Entrant Status Check available at https://dvprogram.state.gov/  The only means by which an entrant may confirm selection and obtain appointment information for the DV-2017 program is through the Entrant Status Check.

Please refer to the Department of State web page at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html or the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest web page at https://ro.usembassy.gov/ for complete DV-2017 program rules.

MEDIA NOTE: An American Officer from the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be available Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, at the U.S. Embassy, to respond to interview requests on this topic.  Please contact us as soon as possible if you have a request, to arrange for access in the U.S. Embassy building.