From the July 31, 2006 Edition of ISSS-BU News
U.S. Department of State Announces Results of 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery Program
The U.S. Department of State has now released the results of the 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery Program in its monthly Visa Bulletin. This is a program whereby citizens of a number of countries can apply for U.S. permanent residency through a yearly lottery process.
The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners by postal mail. Approximately 82,000 applicants will be eligible to make an application for an immigrant visa during the 2007 U.S. federal fiscal year, which starts October 1, 2006. Only 50,000 visas are actually available, but the State Department does not expect that all of the 82,000 people selected will be eligible to qualify for a visa.
More than 5.5 million qualified entries were received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on October 5, 2005, until midnight, December 4, 2005. This is a significantly lower amount than the 6.3 million qualified entries received in the previous year. The winners were selected at random. The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country.
Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2007: Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Only participants in the DV-2007 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected. They may try for the upcoming DV-2008 lottery if they wish. The dates for the registration period for the DV-2008 lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2006. ISSS-BU News will publish the announcement when it becomes available.
To read the State Department’s official DV Lottery results, including a breakdown of how Diversity Lottery winners were apportioned by country and world region, go to the current edition of the State Department’s Visa Bulletin and scroll down to section G: Diversity 2007 Visa Lottery Results: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_2978.html
Be Careful: Diversity Visa Lottery Scams
At the same time that the U.S. State Department announces the results of the yearly Diversity Visa Lottery Program, individuals with malicious intent try to take advantage by sending e-mails or providing a link to a web site, while falsely claiming to announce that a person is a diversity lottery winner. The only purpose of these schemes is to separate you from your money! Ignore them!!
Notification of Diversity Visa Lottery winners is sent by paper mail from the Department of State’s Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Notification is NOT sent by e-mail. No other organization or company is authorized by the Department of State to notify Diversity Visa lottery applicants of their winning entry.
If you have received postal mail about the Diversity Visa Lottery and would like the ISSS to confirm whether it is authentic, please bring the mailing and the envelope it came in to the ISSS. Ellen Badger, Director, will review it and let you know if it is the “real thing.”
To learn more about these kinds of scams, see the Federal Trade Commission warning: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/lottery.htm
How Do I Report Internet Fraud or Unsolicited E-mail?
If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the http://www.econsumer.gov
Website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, which is a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Fraud Complaint Center http://www.ic3.gov/
To file a complaint about unsolicited e-mail, contact the U.S. Department of Justice