Diversity Visa Lottery 2014 (DV-2014)
Guatemala to Participate in 2014 Diversity Visa Program
The U.S. Government is pleased to announce the inclusion of Guatemala in the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery. Approximately 3,500 Guatemalans will receive immigrant visas through this program. Registration begins October 2 and continues through November 3. We encourage those interested to register as soon as possible.
To enter the DV program, you must meet either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program: you must have either a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience.
- One entry per person. Additional entries will result in registration being cancelled.
- Fill out the registration form (DS-5501, the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form) found at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.
- Print the confirmation screen which contains your unique confirmation number.
- Starting May 1, 2013, you will be able to check the status of your DV-2014 entry by returning to http://www.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-2014, providing instructions to you on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview.
- Be sure to list your spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age who are not already U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (LPRs).
- Submit separate photographs of yourself, your spouse, and all unmarried children under 21 years of age. For details on uploading photographs and tips on filling in the form, consult the instructions at http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2014_Instructions.pdf.
- Beginning May 1, 2013, consult the Entry Status Check at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov to see if you have been selected. To do this, you will need your confirmation number (see item #3 above). Selected applicants will be given further instructions on how to continue the process.
- NEVER PAY FEES TO THIRD PARTIES. If you are selected for an interview, you will pay the necessary fees at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. Applicants in the U.S. will be given instructions on making payment in the U.S. More instructions can be found online at http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2014_Instructions.pdf.
AVOID FALLING VICTIM TO FRAUD!
- There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Internet websites that advertise services for assistance with submission of Diversity Visa (DV) Program entries. Additionally, in many countries, there are businesses operating as visa facilitators, visa agents, or visa coordinators that also provide assistance with the DV process.
- Even though these services and businesses may be available, we strongly encourage entrants to complete the DV Program entry without such assistance. The entry form and complete instructions for submitting an entry are available on the Department of State’s web page (http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html).
- All DV entries must be made online through the Department of State website, regardless of whether a facilitator assists an individual with the process. There is no cost to submit an entry through the website.
- WE WILL NOT NOTIFY APPLICANT BY MAIL, in order to prevent fraud and malfeasance. Application information will ONLY be available through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Any emails from the Department will only alert applicants to perform an Entrant Status Check.
- Our e-mail communications will not provide selectee notification, will not direct recipients to pay fees, will not provide application instructions, and will not detail visa interview dates and times. This information is ONLY available through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. You will not be asked to send money by mail or by services such as Western Union.
- You should not believe any e-mail claiming that you have been selected to apply for a visa under the DV program. These malicious e-mails are sent by criminal operators who seek to defraud individuals of their money. If you receive such a notification, pass it to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, for Guatemala GuatemalaDV@state.gov. The State Department has dedicated units that work with Internet providers to try to stop these scams.
- Please consult the Department of State’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html for complete information about how to participate in the 2014 Diversity Visa program.