Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV-2020) Visa Program, 48499-48507 [2018-20796]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices www.state.gov/e/oes/eqt/trade/panama/ index.htm. ADDRESSES: Any written comments and suggestions should be submitted to both: (1) Neal Morris, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, U.S. Department of State, by electronic mail at MorrisND@state.gov with the subject line ‘‘U.S.-Panama EAC/ECC Meetings’’; and (2) Laura Buffo, Office of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of the United States Trade Representative, by electronic mail at Laura_Buffo@ ustr.eop.gov with the subject line ‘‘U.S.Panama EAC/ECC Meetings.’’ DATES: The public sessions of the Council and Commission meetings will be held on October 3, 2018. Please contact Neal Morris and Laura Buffo for the time and location of the meetings. We request comments and suggestions in writing no later than October 1, 2018, to facilitate consideration. Persons with access to the internet may comment on this notice by going to www.Regulations.gov. You can search for the document by entering ‘‘Docket Number: DOS–2018–0046’’ in the Search field. Then click the ‘‘Comment Now’’ button and complete the comment form. determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Simpson, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6471; email: section2459@state.gov). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA–5, Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522–0505. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The foregoing determinations were made pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), E.O. 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236–3 of August 28, 2000, and Delegation of Authority No. 236–14 of September 10, 2018. Brian Doherty, Director, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues, Department of State. DEPARTMENT OF STATE [FR Doc. 2018–20803 Filed 9–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV–2020) Visa Program DEPARTMENT OF STATE ACTION: [Public Notice: 10562] Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: I hereby determine that a certain object to be included in the exhibition ‘‘After Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The object is imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit object at The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California, from on or about June 26, 2019, until on or about October 28, 2019, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 [FR Doc. 2018–20814 Filed 9–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P [Public Notice: 10554] Notice. This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV–2020 Program and is issued pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. SUMMARY: Notice of Determinations; Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition—Determinations: ‘‘After Vesuvius: Treasures From the Villa dei Papiri’’ Exhibition VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jennifer Z. Galt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. Jkt 244001 Program Overview The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as ‘‘diversity immigrants,’’ from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2020, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. Applicants who are selected in the lottery (‘‘selectees’’) must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48499 computer drawing. Diversity visa numbers are distributed among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. For DV–2020, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. There are no changes in eligibility this year from the previous year. Eligibility Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter. If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify: • Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth—provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible for and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously. • Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents were born or legally resided at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents—provided that one of your parents was born in a country whose natives are eligible for the DV–2020 program. For more details on what this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions. Requirement #2: Each applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either: • At least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education; OR • two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience for the principal DV E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 48500 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices applicant, see the Frequently Asked Questions. Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Entry Period Applicants must submit entries for the DV–2020 DV program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV–2020 Program Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E–DV Entry Form or DS– 5501), online at dvlottery.state.gov. We will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a ‘‘visa consultant,’’ ‘‘visa agent,’’ or other facilitator who offers to help. If someone else helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number. After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen that contains your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of the status of your entry. You also should retain access to the email account listed in the E–DV. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Diversity Visa scams. Starting May 7, 2019, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV– 2020, providing instructions on how to proceed with your application, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. You must provide the following information to complete your E–DV entry: 1. Name—last/family name, first name, middle name—exactly as it appears on your passport. If you have one name, it must be entered in the last/ family name field. 2. Gender—male or female. 3. Birth date—day, month, year. 4. City where you were born. 5. Country where you were born—Use the name of the country currently used for the place where you were born. 6. Country of eligibility for the DV Program—Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is not related to where you live. If you were born in a country that is not eligible, please review the Frequently Asked Questions to see if there is another way you may be eligible. 7. Entrant photograph(s)—Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on your entry. See Submitting a Digital Photograph below for compositional and technical specifications. You do not need to include a photograph for a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do. DV entry photographs must meet the same standards as U.S. visa photos. Your entry will be disqualified or your visa refused if the entry photographs for you and your family members do not fully meet these specifications or have been manipulated in any way. Submitting the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year’s entry will result in disqualification. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for more information. 8. Mailing Address— In Care Of Address Line 1 Address Line 2 (optional) City/Town District/Country/Province/State Postal Code/Zip Code Country 9. Country where you live today. 10. Phone number (optional). 11. Email address—An email address to which you have direct access, and will continue to have direct access after we notify selectees in May of next year. If your entry is selected and you PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 respond to the notification of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you will receive follow-up email communication from the Department of State notifying you that details of your immigrant visa interview are available on Entrant Status Check. The Department of State will never send you an email telling you that you have been selected for the DV program. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. 12. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today: (1) Primary school only, (2) Some High School, no degree, (3) High School degree, (4) Vocational School, (5) Some University Courses, (6) University Degree, (7) Some Graduate-Level Courses, (8) Master’s Degree, (9) Some Doctoral-Level courses, and (10) Doctorate Degree. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about educational requirements. 13. Current marital status—(1) Unmarried, (2) Married and my spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, (3) Married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, (4) Divorced, (5) Widowed, or (6) Legally Separated. Enter the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, country of birth of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse meeting the same technical specifications as your photo. Failure to list your eligible spouse or, listing someone who is not your spouse, will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. You must list your spouse even if you currently are separated from him/her, unless you are legally separated. Legal separation is an arrangement under which a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized if you choose to enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse is grounds for disqualification. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your entry. A spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a DV visa. Therefore, if you select ‘‘married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR’’ on your entry, you will not be prompted to include further E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES information on your spouse. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about family members. 14. Number of children—List the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless . Submit individual photographs of each of your children using the same technical specifications as your own photograph. Be sure to include: • All living natural children; • all living children legally adopted by you; and, • all living step-children who are unmarried and under the age of 21 on the date of your electronic entry, even if you are no longer legally married to the child’s parent, and even if the child does not currently reside with you and/ or will not immigrate with you. Married children and children over the age of 21 are not eligible for the DV. However, the Child Status Protection Act protects children from ‘‘aging out’’ in certain circumstances. If you submit your DV entry before your unmarried child turns 21, and the child turns 21 before visa issuance, it is possible that he or she may be treated as though he or she were under 21 for visa-processing purposes. A child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a diversity visa, and you will not be penalized for either including or omitting such family members from your entry. Failure to list all children who are eligible or, listing someone who is not your child, will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about family members. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about completing your Electronic Entry for the DV–2019 Program. Selection of Applicants Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries. All DV–2020 entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV–2020 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E–DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 7, 2019, through at least September 30, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection for DV–2020. The Department of State will not mail out notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have not been selected also will be notified ONLY through Entrant Status Check. You are strongly encouraged to access Entrant Status Check yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you. In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. The DS–260, Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, electronically, and the consular officer, in person will ask you questions about your eligibility to immigrate, and these questions include criminal and security related grounds. All eligible selectees, including family members, must be issued by September 30, 2020. Under no circumstances can the Department of State issue DVs or approve adjustments after this date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image) You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, as long as it meets all of the standards below. DV entry photos must be of the same quantity and composition as U.S. visa photos. Do not submit a photograph older than six months or a photograph that does not meet all of the standards described below. Submitting the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year’s entry, a photograph that has been manipulated, or a photograph that does not meet the specifications below will result in disqualification. Compositional Specifications: • In color • In focus • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 13⁄8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template on travel.state.gov for more size requirement details PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48501 • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance • Taken in front of a plain white or offwhite 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 Technical Specifications You must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your digital image 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 x 600 pixels in dimension Do you want to scan an existing photo? In addition to the digital image requirements, your existing photo must be: • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) • Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) Eligibility 1. What do the terms ‘‘NATIVE’’ and ‘‘CHARGEABILITY’’ mean? ‘‘Native’’ ordinarily means someone born in a particular country, regardless of the individual’s current country of residence or nationality. ‘‘Native’’ can also mean someone who is entitled to be ‘‘charged’’ to a country other than the one in which he/she was born under the provisions of Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Because there is a numerical limitation on immigrants who enter from a country or geographic region, each individual is ‘‘charged’’ to a country. Your chargeability’’ refers to the country towards which limitation you count. Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. However, you may E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 48502 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices 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 the parents were not resident at the time of your birth. These are the only three ways to select your country of chargeability. If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, you must provide an explanation on the E–DV Entry Form, in question #6. Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) will disqualify your entry. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 2. Can I still apply if I was not born in a qualifying country? There are two circumstances in which you still might be eligible to apply. First, if your derivative spouse was born in an eligible country, you may claim chargeability to that country. As your eligibility is based on your spouse, you will only be issued a DV–1 immigrant visa if your spouse is also eligible for and issued a DV–2 visa. Both of you must enter the United States together using your DVs. Similarly, your minor dependent child can be ‘‘charged’’ to a parent’s country of birth. Second, you can be ‘‘charged’’ to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your parents was born in or a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are not generally considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting, studying in the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or professional reasons on behalf of a company or government from a different country other than the one in which you were born. If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, you must provide an explanation on the E–DV Entry Form, in question #6. Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) will disqualify your entry. 3. Why do natives of certain countries not qualify for the DV program? DVs are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons who are not from ‘‘high admission’’ countries. The law defines ‘‘high admission countries’’ as those from which a total of 50,000 persons in the Family-Sponsored and EmploymentBased visa categories immigrated to the United States during the previous five years. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) counts VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 the family and employment immigrant admission and adjustment of status numbers for the previous five years to identify the countries that are considered ‘‘high admission’’ and whose natives will therefore be ineligible for the annual diversity visa program. Because USCIS makes this calculation annually, the list of countries whose natives are eligible or not eligible may change from one year to the next. 4. How many DV–2019 visas will go to natives of each region and eligible country? United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines the regional DV limits for each year according to a formula specified in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The number of visas the Department of State eventually will issue to natives of each country will depend on the regional limits established, how many entrants come from each country, and how many of the selected entrants are found eligible for the visa. No more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to natives of any one country. 5. What are the requirements for education or work experience? U.S. immigration law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. A ‘‘high school education or equivalent’’ is defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States OR the successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to a high school education in the United States. Only formal courses of study meet this requirement; correspondence programs or equivalency certificates (such as the General Equivalency Diploma G.E.D.) are not acceptable. You must present documentary proof of education or work experience to the consular officer at the time of the visa interview. If you do not meet the requirements for education or work experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members. 6. What occupations qualify for the DV program? The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) O*Net OnLine database will be used to PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determine qualifying work experience. The O*Net Online Database groups job experience into five ‘‘job zones.’’ While the DOL website lists many occupations, not all occupations qualify for the DV Program. To qualify for a DV on the basis of your work experience, you must have, within the past five years, two years of experience in an occupation that is classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher. If you do not meet the requirements for education or work experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members. 7. How can I find the qualifying DV occupations in the Department of Labor’s O*Net online database? When you are in O*Net OnLine, follow these steps to find out if your occupation qualifies: 1. Under ‘‘Find Occupations’’ select ‘‘Job Family’’ from the pull down; 2. Browse by ‘‘Job Family,’’ make your selection, and click ‘‘GO;’’ 3. Click on the link for your specific occupation. 4. Select the tab ‘‘Job Zone’’ to find the designated Job Zone number and Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating range. As an example, select Aerospace Engineers. At the bottom of the Summary Report for Aerospace Engineers, under the Job Zone section, you will find the designated Job Zone 4, SVP Range, 7.0 to <8.0. Using this example, Aerospace Engineering is a qualifying occupation. For additional information, see the Diversity Visa—List of Occupations web page (travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/ types/types_1319.html). 8. Is there a minimum age to apply for the DV program? There is no minimum age to apply, but the requirement of a high school education or work experience for each principal applicant at the time of application will effectively disqualify most persons who are under age 18. Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV Program 9. When can I submit my entry? The DV–2020 entry period will run from 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EST) (GMT–4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, until 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Each year, millions of people submit entries. Holding the entry period on these dates E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices ensures selectees receive notification in a timely manner and gives both the visa applicants and our embassies and consulates time to prepare and complete cases for visa issuance. We strongly encourage you to enter early during the registration period. Excessive demand at the end of the registration period may slow the system down. We cannot accept entries after noon EST Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 10. I am in the United States. Can I enter the DV program? Yes, an entrant may apply while in the United States or another country. An entrant may submit an entry from any location. 11. Can I only enter once during the registration period? Yes, the law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 12. May my spouse and I each submit a separate entry? Yes, a husband and a wife may each submit one entry if each meets the eligibility requirements. If either spouse is selected, the other is entitled to apply as a derivative dependent. 13. What family members must I include in my DV entry? Spouse: If you are legally married, you must list your spouse (husband or wife) regardless of whether or not he or she lives with you or intends to immigrate to the United States. You must list your spouse even if you are currently separated from him/her, unless you are legally separated. Legal separation is an arrangement when a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized if you choose to enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse, or listing someone who is not your spouse, are grounds for disqualification. If you are divorced or your spouse is deceased, you do not have to list your former spouse. The only exception to this requirement is if your spouse is already a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 Resident. A spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a DV. Therefore, if you select ‘‘married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR’’ on your entry, you will not be able to include further information on your spouse. Children: You must list ALL your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years of age at the time of your initial E–DV entry, whether they are your natural children, your stepchildren (even if you are now divorced from that child’s parent), your spouse’s children, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the applicable laws. List all children under 21 years of age at the time of your electronic entry, even if they no longer reside with you or you do not intend for them to immigrate under the DV program. You are not required to list children who are already U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, though you will not be penalized if you do include them. Parents and siblings of the entrant are ineligible to receive DV visas as dependents, and you should not include them in your entry. If you list family members on your entry, they are not required to apply for a visa or to immigrate or travel with you. However, if you fail to include an eligible dependent on your original entry or, list someone who is not your eligible dependent, your case will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members. This only applies to those who were family members at the time the original application was submitted, not those acquired at a later date. Your spouse, if eligible to enter, may still submit a separate entry even though he or she is listed on your entry, as long as both entries include details on all dependents in your family (see FAQ #12 above). 14. Must I submit my own entry, or can someone else do it for me? We encourage you to prepare and submit your own entry, but you may have someone submit the entry for you. Regardless of whether you submit your own entry, or an attorney, friend, relative, or someone else submits it on your behalf, only one entry may be submitted in your name. You, as the entrant, are responsible for ensuring that information in the entry is correct and complete; entries that are not correct or complete may be disqualified. Entrants should keep their own confirmation number so that they are able to independently check the status of their entry using Entrant Status Check at PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48503 dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants should keep retain access to the email account used in the E–DV submission. 15. I’m already registered for an immigrant visa in another category. Can I still apply for the DV program? Yes. Your DV registration will not make you ineligible for another immigrant visa classification. 16. When will E–DV be available online? You can enter online during the registration period beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4) on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and ending at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5) on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 17. Can I download and save the E–DV entry form into a word processing program and finish it later? No, you will not be able to save the form into another program for completion and submission later. The E–DV Entry Form is a Web form only. You must fill in the information and submit it while online. 18. Can I save the form online and finish it later? No. The E–DV Entry Form is designed to be completed and submitted at one time. You will have 60 minutes starting from when you download the form to complete and submit your entry through the E–DV website. If you exceed the 60minute limit and have not submitted your complete entry electronically, the system discards any information already entered. The system deletes any partial entries so that they are not accidentally identified as duplicates of a later, complete entry. Read the DV instructions completely before you start to complete the form online, so that you know exactly what information you will need. 19. I don’t have a scanner. Can I send photographs to someone in the United States to scan them, save them, and mail them back to me so I can use them in my entry? Yes, as long as the photograph meets the requirements in the instructions and is electronically submitted with, and at the same time as, the E–DV online entry. You must already have the scanned photograph file when you submit the entry online; it cannot be submitted separately from the online application. The entire entry (photograph and application together) can be submitted electronically from the United States or from overseas. E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 48504 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices 20. If the E–DV system rejects my entry, can I resubmit my entry? Yes, you can resubmit your entry as long as your submission is completed by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5) on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. You will not be penalized for submitting a duplicate entry if the E–DV system rejects your initial entry. Given the unpredictable nature of the internet, you may not receive the rejection notice immediately. You can try to submit an application as many times as is necessary until a complete application is received and the confirmation notice sent. Once you receive a confirmation notice, your entry is complete, and you should NOT submit any additional entries. 21. How soon after I submit my entry will I receive the electronic confirmation notice? You should receive the confirmation notice immediately, including a confirmation number that you must record and keep. However, the unpredictable nature of the internet can result in delays. You can hit the ‘‘Submit’’ button as many times as is necessary until a complete application is submitted and you receive the confirmation notice. However, once you receive a confirmation notice, do not resubmit your information. 22. I hit the ‘‘Submit’’ button, but did not receive a confirmation number. If I submit another entry, will I be disqualified? If you did not receive a confirmation number, your entry was not recorded. You must submit another entry. It will not be counted as a duplicate. Once you receive a confirmation number, do not resubmit your information. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Selection 23. How do I know if I am selected? You must use your confirmation number to access the Entrant Status Check available on the E–DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 7, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Entrant Status Check is the sole means by which the Department of State will notify you if you are selected, provided further instructions on your visa application, and notify you of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of State will NOT contact you to tell you that you have been selected (see FAQ #24). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 24. How will I know if I am not selected? Will I be notified? You may check the status of your DV–2020 entry through the Entrant Status Check on the E–DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 7, 2019, until September 30, 2020. Keep your confirmation number until at least September 30, 2020. (Status information for the previous year’s DV program, DV–2019, is available online from May 15, 2018, through September 30, 2019.) If your entry is not selected, you will not receive any additional instructions. 25. What if I lose my confirmation number? You must have your confirmation number to access Entrant Status Check. A tool is now available in Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the eDV website that will allow you to retrieve your confirmation number via the email address with which you registered by entering certain personal information to confirm your identity. U.S. embassies and consulates and the Kentucky Consular Center are unable to check your selection status for you or provide your confirmation number to you directly (other than through the ESC retrieval tool). The Department of State is NOT able to provide a list of those selected to continue the visa process. 26. Will I receive information from the Department of State by email or by postal mail? The Department of State will not send you a notification letter. The U.S. government has never sent emails to notify individuals that they have been selected, and there are no plans to use email for this purpose for the DV–2020 program. If you are a selectee, you will only receive email communications regarding your visa appointment after you have responded to the notification instructions on Entrant Status Check. These emails will not contain information on the actual appointment date and time; they will simply tell you that appointment details are available, and you must then access Entrant Status Check for details. The Department of State may send emails reminding DV lottery applicants to check the ESC for their status. However, such emails will never indicate whether the lottery applicant was or was not selected. Only internet sites that end with the ‘‘.gov’’ domain suffix are official U.S. government websites. Many other websites (e.g., with the suffixes ‘‘.com,’’ ‘‘.org,’’ or ‘‘.net’’) provide immigration and visa-related information and services. The Department of State does not endorse, recommend, or sponsor PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 any information or material on these other websites. You may receive emails from websites that try to trick you into sending money or providing your personal information. You may be asked to pay for forms and information about immigration procedures, all which are available for free on the Department of State website or through U.S. embassy or consulate websites. Additionally, organizations or websites may try to steal your money by charging fees for DV-related services. If you send money to one of these organizations, you will likely never see it again. Also, do not send personal information to these websites, as it may be used for identity fraud/theft. These deceptive emails may come from people pretending to be affiliated with the Kentucky Consular Center or the Department of State. Remember, the U.S. government has never sent emails to notify individuals that they have been selected, and will not use email to notify selectees for the DV–2020 program. The Department of State will never ask you to send money by mail or by services such as Western Union. 27. How many individuals will be selected for DV–2020? For DV–2020, 50,000 DV visas are available. Because it is likely that some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not qualify for visas or not pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 50,000 entries will be selected to ensure that all of the available DV visas are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected. To maximize use of all available visas, the Department of State may update Entrant Status Check to include additional selectees at any time before the program ends on September 30, 2020. You can check the E–DV website’s Entrant Status Check to see if you have been selected for further processing and your place on the list. Interviews for the DV–2020 program will begin in October 2019 for selectees who have submitted all pre-interview paperwork and other information as requested in the notification instructions. Selectees who provide all required information will be informed of their visa interview appointment through the E–DV website’s Entrant Status Check four to six weeks before the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular officers at overseas posts. Each month, visas will be issued to those applicants who are eligible for issuance during that month, visanumber availability permitting. Once all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued, E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices the program will end. Visa numbers could be finished before September 2020. Selected applicants who wish to apply for visas must be prepared to act promptly on their cases. Being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee that you will receive a visa. Selection merely means that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa, and if your rank number becomes eligible for final processing, you potentially may be issued a Diversity Visa. Only 50,000 visas will be issued to such applicants. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 28. How will successful entrants be selected? Official notifications of selection will be made through Entrant Status Check, available starting May 7, 2019, through at least September 30, 2020, on the E–DV website dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of State does not send selectee notifications or letters by regular postal mail or by email. Any email notification or mailed letter stating that you have been selected to receive a DV does not come from the Department of State and is not legitimate. Any email communication you receive from the Department of State will direct you to review Entrant Status Check for new information about your application. The Department of State will never ask you to send money by mail or by services such as Western Union. All entries received from each region are individually numbered, and at the end of the entry period, a computer will randomly select entries from among all the entries received for each geographic region. Within each region, the first entry randomly selected will be the first case registered; the second entry selected will be the second case registered, etc. All entries received within each region during the entry period will have an equal chance of being selected. When an entry has been selected, the entrant will receive notification of his or her selection through the Entrant Status Check available starting May 7, 2019, on the E– DV website dvlottery.state.gov. If you are selected and you respond to the instructions provided online via Entrant Status Check, the Department of State’s Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will process your case until you are instructed to appear for a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate or, if you are in the United States, until you apply to adjust status with USCIS in the United States. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 29. I am already in the United States. If selected, may I adjust my status with USCIS? Yes, provided you are otherwise eligible to adjust status under the terms of Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you may apply to USCIS for adjustment of status to permanent resident. You must ensure that USCIS can complete action on your case, including processing of any overseas spouse or children under 21 years of age, before September 30, 2020, since on that date your eligibility for the DV–2020 program expires. The Department of State will not approve any visa numbers or adjustments of status for the DV–2020 program after midnight EDT on September 30, 2020, under any circumstances. 30. If I am selected, for how long am I entitled to apply for a diversity visa? If you are selected in the DV–2020 program, you are entitled to apply for visa issuance only during U.S. government fiscal year 2020, which is from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. We encourage selectees to apply for visas as early as possible, once their lottery rank numbers become eligible for further processing. Without exception, all selected and eligible applicants must obtain their visa or adjust status by the end of the fiscal year. There is no carry-over of DV benefits into the next year for persons who are selected but who do not obtain visas by September 30, 2020 (the end of the fiscal year). Also, spouses and children who derive status from a DV– 2020 registration can only obtain visas in the DV category between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. Applicants who apply overseas will receive an appointment notification from the Department through Entrant Status Check on the E–DV website four to six weeks before the scheduled appointment. 31. If a DV selectee dies, what happens to the case? If a DV selectee dies at any point before he or she has traveled to the United States or adjusted status, the DV case is automatically terminated. Any derivative spouse and/or children of the deceased selectee will no longer be entitled to a DV visa. Any visas that were issued to them will be revoked. Fees 32. How much does it cost to enter the E–DV program? There is no fee charged for submitting an electronic entry. However, if you are PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48505 selected and apply for a Diversity Visa, you must pay all required visa application fees at the time of visa application and interview directly to the consular cashier at the U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are a selectee already in the United States and you apply to USCIS to adjust status, you will pay all required application fees directly to USCIS. If you are selected, you will receive details of required DV and immigrant visa application fees with the instructions provided through the E–DV website at dvlottery.state.gov. 33. How and where do I pay DV and immigrant visa fees if I am selected? If you are a randomly selected entrant, you will receive instructions for the DV visa application process through Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov. You will pay all DV and immigrant visa application fees in person only at the U.S. embassy or consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular cashier will immediately give you a U.S. government receipt for payment. Do not send money for DV fees to anyone through the mail, Western Union, or any other delivery service if you are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are selected and you are already present in the United States and plan to file for adjustment of status with USCIS, the instructions page accessible through Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov contains separate instructions on how to mail adjustment of status application fees to a U.S. bank. 34. If I apply for a DV, but don’t qualify to receive one, can I get a refund of the visa fees I paid? No. Visa application fees cannot be refunded. You must meet all qualifications for the visa as detailed in these instructions. If a consular officer determines you do not meet requirements for the visa, or you are otherwise ineligible for the DV under U.S. law, the officer cannot issue a visa and you will forfeit all fees paid. Ineligibilities 35. As a DV applicant, can I receive a waiver of any grounds of visa ineligibility? Does my waiver application receive any special processing? DV applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility for immigrant visas specified in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). There are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa ineligibility aside from those ordinarily provided in the INA, nor is there special processing for E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 48506 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices waiver requests. Some general waiver provisions for people with close relatives who are U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Resident aliens may be available to DV applicants in some cases, but the time constraints in the DV program may make it difficult for applicants to benefit from such provisions. DV Fraud Warning and Scams 36. How can I report internet fraud or unsolicited email? Please visit the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission in cooperation with consumer-protection agencies from 17 nations. You may also report fraud to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) internet Crime Complaint Center. To file a complaint about unsolicited email, use the ‘‘Telemarking and Spam’’ complaint tool on the econsumer.gov website or visit the Department of Justice Unsolicited Commercial Email (‘‘Spam’’) web page at www.justice.gov/ doj/spam for additional information and contacts. DV Statistics 37. How many visas will be issued in DV–2020? By law, a maximum of 55,000 visas are available each year to eligible persons. However, in November 1997, the U.S. Congress passed the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), which stipulates that beginning as early as DV–1999, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated DVs will be made available for use under the NACARA program. The actual reduction of the limit began with DV–2000 and will remain in effect through the DV– 2020 program, so 50,000 visas remain for the DV program described in these instructions. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 38. If I receive a visa through the DV program, will the U.S. government pay for my airfare to the United States, help me find housing and employment, and/ or provide healthcare or any subsidies until I am fully settled? No. The U.S. government will not provide any of these services to you if you receive a visa through the DV program. If you are selected to apply for a DV, you will need to demonstrate that you will not become a public charge in the United States before being issued a visa. This evidence may be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I– 134) submitted by a relative or friend residing in the United States, an offer of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 employment from an employer in the United States, or other evidence. List of Countries/Areas by Region Whose Natives are Eligible for DV–2020 The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for DV–2020, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. USCIS identified the countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV–2020 program according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the INA. The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and EmploymentBased immigration or ‘‘high-admission’’ countries) are noted after the respective regional lists. Africa Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cabo Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of the Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Djibouti Egypt * Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia, The Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sudan PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria. In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s diversity program. Asia Afghanistan Bahrain Bhutan Brunei Burma Cambodia Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ** Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel * Japan Jordan * Kuwait Laos Lebanon Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Nepal North Korea Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore Sri Lanka Syria * Taiwan ** Thailand Timor-Leste United Arab Emirates Yemen * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria. ** For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal. Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 / Notices diversity program: Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam. Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region, chargeable to Portugal), and Taiwan (Asia region) do qualify and are listed here. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Europe Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas) Estonia Finland France (including components and areas overseas) Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Kyrgyzstan Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Special Administrative Region** Macedonia Malta Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas) Northern Ireland** Norway (including components and dependent areas overseas) Poland Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas) Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Tajikistan Turkey Turkmenistan Ukraine Uzbekistan VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 24, 2018 Jkt 244001 Vatican City ** Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above. For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal. Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Great Britain (United Kingdom). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas. North America The Bahamas In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s diversity program. Oceania Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas) Fiji Kiribati Marshall Islands Micronesia, Federated States of Nauru New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas) Palau Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu South America, Central America, and the Caribbean Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Barbados Belize Bolivia Chile Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Ecuador Grenada Guatemala Guyana Honduras Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48507 Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay Venezuela Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s diversity program: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru. Dated: September 18, 2018. Carl C. Risch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–20796 Filed 9–24–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Fiscal Year 2019 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imports of certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dylan Daniels, Office of Agricultural Affairs at 202–395–6095 or Dylan.T.Daniels@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the United States maintains tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for imports of refined sugar. Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 8 to Chapter 17 of the HTS, the United States maintains a TRQ for imports of sugarcontaining products. Section 404(d)(3) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3601(d)(3)) authorizes the President to allocate the in-quota quantity of a TRQ for any agricultural product among supplying countries or customs areas. The President delegated this authority to the U.S. Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007). On June 29, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity for the FY 2019 refined sugar TRQ at 192,000 metric tons raw value (MTRV) for which the sucrose content, by weight in the dry state, must have a polarimeter reading of 99.5 degrees or more. This SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25SEN1.SGM 25SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice: 10554]


Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity 
Immigrant (DV-2020) Visa Program

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This public notice provides information on how to apply for 
the DV-2020 Program and is issued pursuant to the Immigration and 
Nationality Act.

Program Overview

    The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-
mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of 
immigrants known as ``diversity immigrants,'' from countries with 
historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal 
year 2020, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no 
cost to register for the DV Program.
    Applicants who are selected in the lottery (``selectees'') must 
meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements to qualify for a 
diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a 
randomized computer drawing. Diversity visa numbers are distributed 
among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more 
than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
    For DV-2020, natives of the following countries are not eligible to 
apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated 
to the United States in the previous five years:

    Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, 
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, 
Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom 
(except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and 
Vietnam.
    Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are 
eligible.

    There are no changes in eligibility this year from the previous 
year.

Eligibility

    Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify 
may be eligible to enter.
    If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other 
ways you might be able to qualify:
     Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are 
eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse's country of birth--
provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, 
are found eligible for and issued diversity visas, and enter the United 
States simultaneously.
     Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, 
but in which neither of your parents were born or legally resided at 
the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of 
one of your parents--provided that one of your parents was born in a 
country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2020 program. For more 
details on what this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
    Requirement #2: Each applicant must meet the education/work 
experience requirement of the DV program by having either:
     At least a high school education or its equivalent, 
defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal 
elementary and secondary education;

OR

     two years of work experience within the past five years in 
an occupation that requires at least two years of training or 
experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. 
Department of Labor's O*Net Online database to determine qualifying 
work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience 
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applicant, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
    Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of 
these requirements.

Entry Period

    Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2020 DV program 
electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight 
Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and noon, Eastern 
Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Do not wait 
until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy 
demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries 
will be accepted. The law allows only one entry per person during each 
registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated 
technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one 
entry will be disqualified.

Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV-2020 Program

    Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form 
or DS-5501), online at dvlottery.state.gov. We will not accept 
incomplete entries. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.
    We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, 
without a ``visa consultant,'' ``visa agent,'' or other facilitator who 
offers to help. If someone else helps you, you should be present when 
your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to 
the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique 
confirmation number.
    After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation 
screen that contains your name and a unique confirmation number. Print 
this confirmation screen for your records. It is extremely important 
that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number. 
Without this information, you will not be able to access the online 
system that will inform you of the status of your entry. You also 
should retain access to the email account listed in the E-DV. See the 
Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Diversity Visa 
scams.
    Starting May 7, 2019, you will be able to check the status of your 
entry by returning to dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status 
Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal 
information. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing 
you of your selection for DV-2020, providing instructions on how to 
proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment 
for your immigrant visa interview. Please review the Frequently Asked 
Questions for more information about the selection process.
    You must provide the following information to complete your E-DV 
entry:
    1. Name--last/family name, first name, middle name--exactly as it 
appears on your passport. If you have one name, it must be entered in 
the last/family name field.
    2. Gender--male or female.
    3. Birth date--day, month, year.
    4. City where you were born.
    5. Country where you were born--Use the name of the country 
currently used for the place where you were born.
    6. Country of eligibility for the DV Program--Your country of 
eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your 
country of eligibility is not related to where you live.
    If you were born in a country that is not eligible, please review 
the Frequently Asked Questions to see if there is another way you may 
be eligible.
    7. Entrant photograph(s)--Recent photographs (taken within the last 
six months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on 
your entry. See Submitting a Digital Photograph below for compositional 
and technical specifications. You do not need to include a photograph 
for a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful 
Permanent Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do. DV entry 
photographs must meet the same standards as U.S. visa photos. Your 
entry will be disqualified or your visa refused if the entry 
photographs for you and your family members do not fully meet these 
specifications or have been manipulated in any way. Submitting the same 
photograph that was submitted with a prior year's entry will result in 
disqualification. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for more 
information.
    8. Mailing Address--

In Care Of
Address Line 1
Address Line 2 (optional)
City/Town
District/Country/Province/State
Postal Code/Zip Code
Country

    9. Country where you live today.
    10. Phone number (optional).
    11. Email address--An email address to which you have direct 
access, and will continue to have direct access after we notify 
selectees in May of next year. If your entry is selected and you 
respond to the notification of your selection through the Entrant 
Status Check, you will receive follow-up email communication from the 
Department of State notifying you that details of your immigrant visa 
interview are available on Entrant Status Check. The Department of 
State will never send you an email telling you that you have been 
selected for the DV program. See the Frequently Asked Questions for 
more information about the selection process.
    12. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today: (1) 
Primary school only, (2) Some High School, no degree, (3) High School 
degree, (4) Vocational School, (5) Some University Courses, (6) 
University Degree, (7) Some Graduate-Level Courses, (8) Master's 
Degree, (9) Some Doctoral-Level courses, and (10) Doctorate Degree. See 
the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about educational 
requirements.
    13. Current marital status--(1) Unmarried, (2) Married and my 
spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident, (3) 
Married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent 
Resident, (4) Divorced, (5) Widowed, or (6) Legally Separated. Enter 
the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, country of birth 
of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse meeting the same 
technical specifications as your photo.
    Failure to list your eligible spouse or, listing someone who is not 
your spouse, will result in disqualification of the principal applicant 
and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. 
You must list your spouse even if you currently are separated from him/
her, unless you are legally separated. Legal separation is an 
arrangement under which a couple remain married but live apart, 
following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, 
your spouse will not be able to immigrate with you through the 
Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized if you choose to 
enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated. If you 
are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your 
spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the 
Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse is grounds for 
disqualification.
    If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do 
not list him/her in your entry. A spouse who is already a U.S. citizen 
or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a DV visa. 
Therefore, if you select ``married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or 
U.S. LPR'' on your entry, you will not be prompted to include further

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information on your spouse. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more 
information about family members.
    14. Number of children--List the name, date of birth, gender, city/
town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children 
under 21 years of age, regardless . Submit individual photographs of 
each of your children using the same technical specifications as your 
own photograph.
    Be sure to include:
     All living natural children;
     all living children legally adopted by you; and,
     all living step-children who are unmarried and under the 
age of 21 on the date of your electronic entry, even if you are no 
longer legally married to the child's parent, and even if the child 
does not currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you.
    Married children and children over the age of 21 are not eligible 
for the DV. However, the Child Status Protection Act protects children 
from ``aging out'' in certain circumstances. If you submit your DV 
entry before your unmarried child turns 21, and the child turns 21 
before visa issuance, it is possible that he or she may be treated as 
though he or she were under 21 for visa-processing purposes.
    A child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent 
Resident will not require or be issued a diversity visa, and you will 
not be penalized for either including or omitting such family members 
from your entry.
    Failure to list all children who are eligible or, listing someone 
who is not your child, will result in disqualification of the principal 
applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa 
interview. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information 
about family members.
    See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about 
completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2019 Program.

Selection of Applicants

    Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and 
country, the Department of State will randomly select individuals by 
computer from among qualified entries. All DV-2020 entrants must go to 
the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved 
from their DV-2020 online entry registration to find out whether their 
entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be 
available on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 7, 
2019, through at least September 30, 2020.
    If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation 
page that will provide further instructions, including information on 
fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status 
Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies 
selectees of their selection for DV-2020. The Department of State will 
not mail out notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S. 
embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. 
Individuals who have not been selected also will be notified ONLY 
through Entrant Status Check. You are strongly encouraged to access 
Entrant Status Check yourself and not to rely on someone else to check 
and inform you.
    In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the 
United States. The DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration 
Application, electronically, and the consular officer, in person will 
ask you questions about your eligibility to immigrate, and these 
questions include criminal and security related grounds.
    All eligible selectees, including family members, must be issued by 
September 30, 2020. Under no circumstances can the Department of State 
issue DVs or approve adjustments after this date, nor can family 
members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the 
United States after this date. See the Frequently Asked Questions for 
more information about the selection process.

Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)

    You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken 
within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, as long 
as it meets all of the standards below. DV entry photos must be of the 
same quantity and composition as U.S. visa photos. Do not submit a 
photograph older than six months or a photograph that does not meet all 
of the standards described below. Submitting the same photograph that 
was submitted with a prior year's entry, a photograph that has been 
manipulated, or a photograph that does not meet the specifications 
below will result in disqualification.

Compositional Specifications:

 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% and 69% of the image's total height from the 
bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition 
Template on travel.state.gov for more size requirement details
 Taken within the last 6 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

Technical Specifications

    You must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your 
digital image 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 x 600 pixels in dimension

    Do you want to scan an existing photo? In addition to the digital 
image requirements, your existing photo must be:

 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
 Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per 
millimeter)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Eligibility

1. What do the terms ``NATIVE'' and ``CHARGEABILITY'' mean?
    ``Native'' ordinarily means someone born in a particular country, 
regardless of the individual's current country of residence or 
nationality. ``Native'' can also mean someone who is entitled to be 
``charged'' to a country other than the one in which he/she was born 
under the provisions of Section 202(b) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act.
    Because there is a numerical limitation on immigrants who enter 
from a country or geographic region, each individual is ``charged'' to 
a country. Your chargeability'' refers to the country towards which 
limitation you count. Your country of eligibility will normally be the 
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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 the 
parents were not resident at the time of your birth. These are the only 
three ways to select your country of chargeability.
    If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, 
you must provide an explanation on the E-DV Entry Form, in question #6. 
Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one 
to which you cannot establish a valid claim) will disqualify your 
entry.
2. Can I still apply if I was not born in a qualifying country?
    There are two circumstances in which you still might be eligible to 
apply. First, if your derivative spouse was born in an eligible 
country, you may claim chargeability to that country. As your 
eligibility is based on your spouse, you will only be issued a DV-1 
immigrant visa if your spouse is also eligible for and issued a DV-2 
visa. Both of you must enter the United States together using your DVs. 
Similarly, your minor dependent child can be ``charged'' to a parent's 
country of birth.
    Second, you can be ``charged'' to the country of birth of either of 
your parents as long as neither of your parents was born in or a 
resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are 
not generally considered residents of a country in which they were not 
born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting, studying in 
the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or 
professional reasons on behalf of a company or government from a 
different country other than the one in which you were born.
    If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, 
you must provide an explanation on the E-DV Entry Form, in question #6. 
Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one 
to which you cannot establish a valid claim) will disqualify your 
entry.
3. Why do natives of certain countries not qualify for the DV program?
    DVs are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons 
who are not from ``high admission'' countries. The law defines ``high 
admission countries'' as those from which a total of 50,000 persons in 
the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to 
the United States during the previous five years. Each year, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) counts the family and 
employment immigrant admission and adjustment of status numbers for the 
previous five years to identify the countries that are considered 
``high admission'' and whose natives will therefore be ineligible for 
the annual diversity visa program. Because USCIS makes this calculation 
annually, the list of countries whose natives are eligible or not 
eligible may change from one year to the next.
4. How many DV-2019 visas will go to natives of each region and 
eligible country?
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
determines the regional DV limits for each year according to a formula 
specified in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
(INA). The number of visas the Department of State eventually will 
issue to natives of each country will depend on the regional limits 
established, how many entrants come from each country, and how many of 
the selected entrants are found eligible for the visa. No more than 
seven percent of the total visas available can go to natives of any one 
country.
5. What are the requirements for education or work experience?
    U.S. immigration law and regulations require that every DV entrant 
must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have 
two years of work experience within the past five years in an 
occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. 
A ``high school education or equivalent'' is defined as successful 
completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education in 
the United States OR the successful completion in another country of a 
formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to a 
high school education in the United States. Only formal courses of 
study meet this requirement; correspondence programs or equivalency 
certificates (such as the General Equivalency Diploma G.E.D.) are not 
acceptable. You must present documentary proof of education or work 
experience to the consular officer at the time of the visa interview.
    If you do not meet the requirements for education or work 
experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa 
interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family 
members.
6. What occupations qualify for the DV program?
    The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) O*Net OnLine database will be 
used to determine qualifying work experience. The O*Net Online Database 
groups job experience into five ``job zones.'' While the DOL website 
lists many occupations, not all occupations qualify for the DV Program. 
To qualify for a DV on the basis of your work experience, you must 
have, within the past five years, two years of experience in an 
occupation that is classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation 
(SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.
    If you do not meet the requirements for education or work 
experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa 
interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family 
members.
7. How can I find the qualifying DV occupations in the Department of 
Labor's O*Net online database?
    When you are in O*Net OnLine, follow these steps to find out if 
your occupation qualifies:
    1. Under ``Find Occupations'' select ``Job Family'' from the pull 
down;
    2. Browse by ``Job Family,'' make your selection, and click ``GO;''
    3. Click on the link for your specific occupation.
    4. Select the tab ``Job Zone'' to find the designated Job Zone 
number and Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating range.
    As an example, select Aerospace Engineers. At the bottom of the 
Summary Report for Aerospace Engineers, under the Job Zone section, you 
will find the designated Job Zone 4, SVP Range, 7.0 to <8.0. Using this 
example, Aerospace Engineering is a qualifying occupation.
    For additional information, see the Diversity Visa--List of 
Occupations web page (travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1319.html).
8. Is there a minimum age to apply for the DV program?
    There is no minimum age to apply, but the requirement of a high 
school education or work experience for each principal applicant at the 
time of application will effectively disqualify most persons who are 
under age 18.

Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV Program

9. When can I submit my entry?
    The DV-2020 entry period will run from 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern 
Daylight Time (EST) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, until 12:00 
p.m. (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 6, 
2018. Each year, millions of people submit entries. Holding the entry 
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ensures selectees receive notification in a timely manner and gives 
both the visa applicants and our embassies and consulates time to 
prepare and complete cases for visa issuance.
    We strongly encourage you to enter early during the registration 
period. Excessive demand at the end of the registration period may slow 
the system down. We cannot accept entries after noon EST Tuesday, 
November 6, 2018.
10. I am in the United States. Can I enter the DV program?
    Yes, an entrant may apply while in the United States or another 
country. An entrant may submit an entry from any location.
11. Can I only enter once during the registration period?
    Yes, the law allows only one entry by or for each person during 
each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated 
technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one 
entry will be disqualified.
12. May my spouse and I each submit a separate entry?
    Yes, a husband and a wife may each submit one entry if each meets 
the eligibility requirements. If either spouse is selected, the other 
is entitled to apply as a derivative dependent.
13. What family members must I include in my DV entry?
    Spouse: If you are legally married, you must list your spouse 
(husband or wife) regardless of whether or not he or she lives with you 
or intends to immigrate to the United States. You must list your spouse 
even if you are currently separated from him/her, unless you are 
legally separated. Legal separation is an arrangement when a couple 
remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your 
spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be able to immigrate 
with you through the Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized 
if you choose to enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally 
separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must 
include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply 
for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse, or 
listing someone who is not your spouse, are grounds for 
disqualification.
    If you are divorced or your spouse is deceased, you do not have to 
list your former spouse.
    The only exception to this requirement is if your spouse is already 
a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident. A spouse who is 
already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require 
or be issued a DV. Therefore, if you select ``married and my spouse IS 
a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR'' on your entry, you will not be able to 
include further information on your spouse.
    Children: You must list ALL your living children who are unmarried 
and under 21 years of age at the time of your initial E-DV entry, 
whether they are your natural children, your stepchildren (even if you 
are now divorced from that child's parent), your spouse's children, or 
children you have formally adopted in accordance with the applicable 
laws. List all children under 21 years of age at the time of your 
electronic entry, even if they no longer reside with you or you do not 
intend for them to immigrate under the DV program. You are not required 
to list children who are already U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent 
Residents, though you will not be penalized if you do include them.
    Parents and siblings of the entrant are ineligible to receive DV 
visas as dependents, and you should not include them in your entry.
    If you list family members on your entry, they are not required to 
apply for a visa or to immigrate or travel with you. However, if you 
fail to include an eligible dependent on your original entry or, list 
someone who is not your eligible dependent, your case will be 
disqualified at the time of your visa interview and no visas will be 
issued to you or any of your family members. This only applies to those 
who were family members at the time the original application was 
submitted, not those acquired at a later date. Your spouse, if eligible 
to enter, may still submit a separate entry even though he or she is 
listed on your entry, as long as both entries include details on all 
dependents in your family (see FAQ #12 above).
14. Must I submit my own entry, or can someone else do it for me?
    We encourage you to prepare and submit your own entry, but you may 
have someone submit the entry for you. Regardless of whether you submit 
your own entry, or an attorney, friend, relative, or someone else 
submits it on your behalf, only one entry may be submitted in your 
name. You, as the entrant, are responsible for ensuring that 
information in the entry is correct and complete; entries that are not 
correct or complete may be disqualified. Entrants should keep their own 
confirmation number so that they are able to independently check the 
status of their entry using Entrant Status Check at 
dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants should keep retain access to the email 
account used in the E-DV submission.
15. I'm already registered for an immigrant visa in another category. 
Can I still apply for the DV program?
    Yes. Your DV registration will not make you ineligible for another 
immigrant visa classification.
16. When will E-DV be available online?
    You can enter online during the registration period beginning at 
12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) on Wednesday, 
October 3, 2018, and ending at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time 
(EST) (GMT-5) on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
17. Can I download and save the E-DV entry form into a word processing 
program and finish it later?
    No, you will not be able to save the form into another program for 
completion and submission later. The E-DV Entry Form is a Web form 
only. You must fill in the information and submit it while online.
18. Can I save the form online and finish it later?
    No. The E-DV Entry Form is designed to be completed and submitted 
at one time. You will have 60 minutes starting from when you download 
the form to complete and submit your entry through the E-DV website. If 
you exceed the 60-minute limit and have not submitted your complete 
entry electronically, the system discards any information already 
entered. The system deletes any partial entries so that they are not 
accidentally identified as duplicates of a later, complete entry. Read 
the DV instructions completely before you start to complete the form 
online, so that you know exactly what information you will need.
19. I don't have a scanner. Can I send photographs to someone in the 
United States to scan them, save them, and mail them back to me so I 
can use them in my entry?
    Yes, as long as the photograph meets the requirements in the 
instructions and is electronically submitted with, and at the same time 
as, the E-DV online entry. You must already have the scanned photograph 
file when you submit the entry online; it cannot be submitted 
separately from the online application. The entire entry (photograph 
and application together) can be submitted electronically from the 
United States or from overseas.

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20. If the E-DV system rejects my entry, can I resubmit my entry?
    Yes, you can resubmit your entry as long as your submission is 
completed by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5) on 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018. You will not be penalized for submitting a 
duplicate entry if the E-DV system rejects your initial entry. Given 
the unpredictable nature of the internet, you may not receive the 
rejection notice immediately. You can try to submit an application as 
many times as is necessary until a complete application is received and 
the confirmation notice sent. Once you receive a confirmation notice, 
your entry is complete, and you should NOT submit any additional 
entries.
21. How soon after I submit my entry will I receive the electronic 
confirmation notice?
    You should receive the confirmation notice immediately, including a 
confirmation number that you must record and keep. However, the 
unpredictable nature of the internet can result in delays. You can hit 
the ``Submit'' button as many times as is necessary until a complete 
application is submitted and you receive the confirmation notice. 
However, once you receive a confirmation notice, do not resubmit your 
information.
22. I hit the ``Submit'' button, but did not receive a confirmation 
number. If I submit another entry, will I be disqualified?
    If you did not receive a confirmation number, your entry was not 
recorded. You must submit another entry. It will not be counted as a 
duplicate. Once you receive a confirmation number, do not resubmit your 
information.

Selection

23. How do I know if I am selected?
    You must use your confirmation number to access the Entrant Status 
Check available on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 
7, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Entrant Status Check is the sole 
means by which the Department of State will notify you if you are 
selected, provided further instructions on your visa application, and 
notify you of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. 
The only authorized Department of State website for official online 
entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is 
dvlottery.state.gov.
    The Department of State will NOT contact you to tell you that you 
have been selected (see FAQ #24).
24. How will I know if I am not selected? Will I be notified?
    You may check the status of your DV-2020 entry through the Entrant 
Status Check on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 7, 
2019, until September 30, 2020. Keep your confirmation number until at 
least September 30, 2020. (Status information for the previous year's 
DV program, DV-2019, is available online from May 15, 2018, through 
September 30, 2019.) If your entry is not selected, you will not 
receive any additional instructions.
25. What if I lose my confirmation number?
    You must have your confirmation number to access Entrant Status 
Check. A tool is now available in Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the eDV 
website that will allow you to retrieve your confirmation number via 
the email address with which you registered by entering certain 
personal information to confirm your identity.
    U.S. embassies and consulates and the Kentucky Consular Center are 
unable to check your selection status for you or provide your 
confirmation number to you directly (other than through the ESC 
retrieval tool). The Department of State is NOT able to provide a list 
of those selected to continue the visa process.
26. Will I receive information from the Department of State by email or 
by postal mail?
    The Department of State will not send you a notification letter. 
The U.S. government has never sent emails to notify individuals that 
they have been selected, and there are no plans to use email for this 
purpose for the DV-2020 program. If you are a selectee, you will only 
receive email communications regarding your visa appointment after you 
have responded to the notification instructions on Entrant Status 
Check. These emails will not contain information on the actual 
appointment date and time; they will simply tell you that appointment 
details are available, and you must then access Entrant Status Check 
for details. The Department of State may send emails reminding DV 
lottery applicants to check the ESC for their status. However, such 
emails will never indicate whether the lottery applicant was or was not 
selected.
    Only internet sites that end with the ``.gov'' domain suffix are 
official U.S. government websites. Many other websites (e.g., with the 
suffixes ``.com,'' ``.org,'' or ``.net'') provide immigration and visa-
related information and services. The Department of State does not 
endorse, recommend, or sponsor any information or material on these 
other websites.
    You may receive emails from websites that try to trick you into 
sending money or providing your personal information. You may be asked 
to pay for forms and information about immigration procedures, all 
which are available for free on the Department of State website or 
through U.S. embassy or consulate websites. Additionally, organizations 
or websites may try to steal your money by charging fees for DV-related 
services. If you send money to one of these organizations, you will 
likely never see it again. Also, do not send personal information to 
these websites, as it may be used for identity fraud/theft.
    These deceptive emails may come from people pretending to be 
affiliated with the Kentucky Consular Center or the Department of 
State. Remember, the U.S. government has never sent emails to notify 
individuals that they have been selected, and will not use email to 
notify selectees for the DV-2020 program. The Department of State will 
never ask you to send money by mail or by services such as Western 
Union.
27. How many individuals will be selected for DV-2020?
    For DV-2020, 50,000 DV visas are available. Because it is likely 
that some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not qualify 
for visas or not pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 50,000 
entries will be selected to ensure that all of the available DV visas 
are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a 
sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected. To 
maximize use of all available visas, the Department of State may update 
Entrant Status Check to include additional selectees at any time before 
the program ends on September 30, 2020.
    You can check the E-DV website's Entrant Status Check to see if you 
have been selected for further processing and your place on the list. 
Interviews for the DV-2020 program will begin in October 2019 for 
selectees who have submitted all pre-interview paperwork and other 
information as requested in the notification instructions. Selectees 
who provide all required information will be informed of their visa 
interview appointment through the E-DV website's Entrant Status Check 
four to six weeks before the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular 
officers at overseas posts.
    Each month, visas will be issued to those applicants who are 
eligible for issuance during that month, visa-number availability 
permitting. Once all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued,

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the program will end. Visa numbers could be finished before September 
2020. Selected applicants who wish to apply for visas must be prepared 
to act promptly on their cases. Being randomly chosen as a selectee 
does not guarantee that you will receive a visa. Selection merely means 
that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa, and if your rank 
number becomes eligible for final processing, you potentially may be 
issued a Diversity Visa. Only 50,000 visas will be issued to such 
applicants.
28. How will successful entrants be selected?
    Official notifications of selection will be made through Entrant 
Status Check, available starting May 7, 2019, through at least 
September 30, 2020, on the E-DV website dvlottery.state.gov. The 
Department of State does not send selectee notifications or letters by 
regular postal mail or by email. Any email notification or mailed 
letter stating that you have been selected to receive a DV does not 
come from the Department of State and is not legitimate. Any email 
communication you receive from the Department of State will direct you 
to review Entrant Status Check for new information about your 
application. The Department of State will never ask you to send money 
by mail or by services such as Western Union.
    All entries received from each region are individually numbered, 
and at the end of the entry period, a computer will randomly select 
entries from among all the entries received for each geographic region. 
Within each region, the first entry randomly selected will be the first 
case registered; the second entry selected will be the second case 
registered, etc. All entries received within each region during the 
entry period will have an equal chance of being selected. When an entry 
has been selected, the entrant will receive notification of his or her 
selection through the Entrant Status Check available starting May 7, 
2019, on the E-DV website dvlottery.state.gov. If you are selected and 
you respond to the instructions provided online via Entrant Status 
Check, the Department of State's Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will 
process your case until you are instructed to appear for a visa 
interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate or, if you are in the United 
States, until you apply to adjust status with USCIS in the United 
States.
29. I am already in the United States. If selected, may I adjust my 
status with USCIS?
    Yes, provided you are otherwise eligible to adjust status under the 
terms of Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you 
may apply to USCIS for adjustment of status to permanent resident. You 
must ensure that USCIS can complete action on your case, including 
processing of any overseas spouse or children under 21 years of age, 
before September 30, 2020, since on that date your eligibility for the 
DV-2020 program expires. The Department of State will not approve any 
visa numbers or adjustments of status for the DV-2020 program after 
midnight EDT on September 30, 2020, under any circumstances.
30. If I am selected, for how long am I entitled to apply for a 
diversity visa?
    If you are selected in the DV-2020 program, you are entitled to 
apply for visa issuance only during U.S. government fiscal year 2020, 
which is from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. We encourage 
selectees to apply for visas as early as possible, once their lottery 
rank numbers become eligible for further processing.
    Without exception, all selected and eligible applicants must obtain 
their visa or adjust status by the end of the fiscal year. There is no 
carry-over of DV benefits into the next year for persons who are 
selected but who do not obtain visas by September 30, 2020 (the end of 
the fiscal year). Also, spouses and children who derive status from a 
DV-2020 registration can only obtain visas in the DV category between 
October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. Applicants who apply overseas 
will receive an appointment notification from the Department through 
Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website four to six weeks before the 
scheduled appointment.
31. If a DV selectee dies, what happens to the case?
    If a DV selectee dies at any point before he or she has traveled to 
the United States or adjusted status, the DV case is automatically 
terminated. Any derivative spouse and/or children of the deceased 
selectee will no longer be entitled to a DV visa. Any visas that were 
issued to them will be revoked.

Fees

32. How much does it cost to enter the E-DV program?
    There is no fee charged for submitting an electronic entry. 
However, if you are selected and apply for a Diversity Visa, you must 
pay all required visa application fees at the time of visa application 
and interview directly to the consular cashier at the U.S. embassy or 
consulate. If you are a selectee already in the United States and you 
apply to USCIS to adjust status, you will pay all required application 
fees directly to USCIS. If you are selected, you will receive details 
of required DV and immigrant visa application fees with the 
instructions provided through the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov.
33. How and where do I pay DV and immigrant visa fees if I am selected?
    If you are a randomly selected entrant, you will receive 
instructions for the DV visa application process through Entrant Status 
Check at dvlottery.state.gov. You will pay all DV and immigrant visa 
application fees in person only at the U.S. embassy or consulate at the 
time of the visa application. The consular cashier will immediately 
give you a U.S. government receipt for payment. Do not send money for 
DV fees to anyone through the mail, Western Union, or any other 
delivery service if you are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. 
embassy or consulate.
    If you are selected and you are already present in the United 
States and plan to file for adjustment of status with USCIS, the 
instructions page accessible through Entrant Status Check at 
dvlottery.state.gov contains separate instructions on how to mail 
adjustment of status application fees to a U.S. bank.
34. If I apply for a DV, but don't qualify to receive one, can I get a 
refund of the visa fees I paid?
    No. Visa application fees cannot be refunded. You must meet all 
qualifications for the visa as detailed in these instructions. If a 
consular officer determines you do not meet requirements for the visa, 
or you are otherwise ineligible for the DV under U.S. law, the officer 
cannot issue a visa and you will forfeit all fees paid.

Ineligibilities

35. As a DV applicant, can I receive a waiver of any grounds of visa 
ineligibility? Does my waiver application receive any special 
processing?
    DV applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility for 
immigrant visas specified in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). 
There are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa 
ineligibility aside from those ordinarily provided in the INA, nor is 
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waiver requests. Some general waiver provisions for people with close 
relatives who are U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Resident aliens may 
be available to DV applicants in some cases, but the time constraints 
in the DV program may make it difficult for applicants to benefit from 
such provisions.

DV Fraud Warning and Scams

36. How can I report internet fraud or unsolicited email?
    Please visit the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade 
Commission in cooperation with consumer-protection agencies from 17 
nations. You may also report fraud to the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI) internet Crime Complaint Center. To file a 
complaint about unsolicited email, use the ``Telemarking and Spam'' 
complaint tool on the econsumer.gov website or visit the Department of 
Justice Unsolicited Commercial Email (``Spam'') web page at 
www.justice.gov/doj/spam for additional information and contacts.

DV Statistics

37. How many visas will be issued in DV-2020?
    By law, a maximum of 55,000 visas are available each year to 
eligible persons. However, in November 1997, the U.S. Congress passed 
the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), 
which stipulates that beginning as early as DV-1999, and for as long as 
necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated DVs will be 
made available for use under the NACARA program. The actual reduction 
of the limit began with DV-2000 and will remain in effect through the 
DV-2020 program, so 50,000 visas remain for the DV program described in 
these instructions.
38. If I receive a visa through the DV program, will the U.S. 
government pay for my airfare to the United States, help me find 
housing and employment, and/or provide healthcare or any subsidies 
until I am fully settled?
    No. The U.S. government will not provide any of these services to 
you if you receive a visa through the DV program. If you are selected 
to apply for a DV, you will need to demonstrate that you will not 
become a public charge in the United States before being issued a visa. 
This evidence may be in the form of a combination of your personal 
assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) submitted by a relative or 
friend residing in the United States, an offer of employment from an 
employer in the United States, or other evidence.

List of Countries/Areas by Region Whose Natives are Eligible for DV-
2020

    The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for 
DV-2020, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are 
included within the region of the governing country. USCIS identified 
the countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2020 program 
according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the INA. The countries 
whose natives are not eligible for the DV program (because they are the 
principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based 
immigration or ``high-admission'' countries) are noted after the 
respective regional lists.

Africa

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Djibouti
Egypt *
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

    * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by 
Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to 
Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are 
chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to 
Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.
    In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year's 
diversity program.

Asia

Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region **
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel *
Japan
Jordan *
Kuwait
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Syria *
Taiwan **
Thailand
Timor-Leste
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

    * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by 
Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to 
Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are 
chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to 
Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.
    ** For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in 
Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.
    Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for 
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diversity program: Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, 
South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam. Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), 
Macau S.A.R. (Europe region, chargeable to Portugal), and Taiwan (Asia 
region) do qualify and are listed here.

Europe

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Estonia
Finland
France (including components and areas overseas)
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau Special Administrative Region**
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Northern Ireland**
Norway (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Poland
Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vatican City

    ** Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above. For the purposes 
of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive 
eligibility from Portugal.
    Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for 
this year's DV program: Great Britain (United Kingdom). Great Britain 
(United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, 
Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman 
Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South 
Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and Turks and 
Caicos Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, 
Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify 
and is listed among the qualifying areas.

North America

The Bahamas

    In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for 
this year's diversity program.

Oceania

Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Federated States of
Nauru
New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

South America, Central America, and the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Chile
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Ecuador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela

    Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this 
year's diversity program: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El 
Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.

    Dated: September 18, 2018.
Carl C. Risch,
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2018-20796 Filed 9-24-18; 8:45 am]
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