Immigrant Visas: Diversity Visa Program

What is the Diversity Visa?

Equatoguineans are currently eligible to apply for Diversity visas.  This program makes available 55,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn randomly from all entries and issued to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration.

What are the requirements to qualify for a Diversity Visa?

To qualify as a diversity immigrant, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The alien must be a native of, or chargeable to a diversity country.  Equatorial Guinea is currently a chargeable diversity country; and
  2. The alien must have at least a high school education or equivalent; or
  3. The alien must have, within five years of the date of application for a diversity immigrant visa, at least two years of work experience in an occupation, which requires at least two years of training, or experience.

How do I register?

There is no fee to enter the DV lottery.

Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period.  Paper entries will not be accepted.  Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter.  Heavy demand may result in website delays.  No entries will be accepted after noon, EDT, on the final day of the application perdiod.

Successfully registered entries from the DV program will result in the display of a confirmation screen containing the applicant’s name and confirmation number which can then be printed.  The confirmation page will also provide information the entrant must use to electronically check the status of their own entry through Entry Status Check, available on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov.  Entry Status Check will be the sole means of informing successful entrants of their selection for the particular DV year listed on the website.  Entrants will not be notified by regular mail of their successful entries.  Only those entrants who keep their confirmation page information will also be able to check their entry status through Entry Status Check.

Interested applicants should log on to: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/entry.html for specific instructions on the program, including who may apply and the specific instructions on how to submit an application.  Currently these instructions are only available in English; applicants should check frequently for the posting of instructions in Spanish and French. Applicants are reminded that entry submission will be permitted only by electronic means at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ – no paper entries will be accepted under any circumstances.

Please be careful with fraudulent schemes

The Consular Section would like to remind prospective applicants that there is no application fee and to caution applicants to only log on to the Department of State link http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ to submit their entry. There are many fraudulent schemes concerning the DV lottery, as well as third-party companies who offer unnecessary services for a fee; applicants should read and follow the instructions carefully and use only trusted sites.