Ethiopia born people are eligible to take part in the American Government's official diversity visa lottery program regardless of where they are living today or what country passport they are holding. To play this U.S visa lottery they must meet the education and or required work experience as instructed in the DV Lottery instructions. You should read the DV lottery Instructions carefully before applying for the dv lottery through the E-DV application form. The DV Lottery application form will be available in the internet for a period of 30 days.

Diversity Visa applications for the DV program will be accepted online in the announced date period. Ethiopia n applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) 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. As the heavy demand for the DV lottery application from all over the world may cause the web site to open slowly or will not open at all. No entries will be accepted after the closing time on that day.

The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Every DV lottery entrant must have at least a secondary school education or its equivalent or must have two years of work experience within the past five years, in an occupation requiring at least two years' training or experience to learn it. Applicants who do not meet the educational or work experience requirement will be disqualified. So don't apply if you don't have the eligibility.

A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for Diversity Visas. The visas are distributed among six geographical regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower historical rates of immigration to the United States, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the past five year period. Within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the total available Diversity Visas in any one year. No countries have been added or removed from the list of eligible countries this year.
In U.S. Fiscal Year 2011, the Department of State received more than sixteen million applications for the DV lottery program. Out of that number, some 100,000 entrants were selected as winners worldwide, including nearly 5,000 Ethiopian natives, to further pursue a Diversity Visa. As in years past, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued more than 3,000 visas to lottery winners from this group.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Beginning in 2005, the Department of State implemented an electronic registration system in order to make the DV process more efficient and secure. Special technology and other means are used to identify those who commit fraud for the purposes of illegal immigration or those who submit multiple entries. The year 2009 marked the first time that applicants could check the status of entries online and determine whether their entries were selected or not selected for the DV 2010 visa lottery program. Successful entrants for the 2011 DV program may also check the status of their entry online, and will continue to receive notification letters by mail.

For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the Diversity Visa lottery on the U.S. Department of State Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery Website.

In DV 2007 US A visa lottery after the Egypt, Ethiopia had the most selected winners in th green card lottery program.

For the Ethiopian born person who wants to enter the American visa lottery,
Their age must be more than of 18 on the day that they are going to apply for the program.

Those applicants who have 10+2 education, is no more eligible to apply for the visa lottery program . As per the new requirements people with 10+3 diplomas are eligible to apply and those with at least five passing grades on the 2003 Ethiopian Leaving Certificate Examination (ESLCE) or 12th grade and educational requirements of better than this would be acceptable.


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.

You must have an image file to upload along with the entry according to the DV Instruction.

If you are married you must include your Spouse details and photo.

If you have eligible children, must include their details (in their birth order) along with their photo.

If you are selected you will be notified by Postal mail to your address given in the entry form, along with further instructions, around May to July.

Ethiopia born people can't get more than 3,500 visas under the DV visa lottery program in any given fiscal year.

The visa fees for the greencard lottery is US$ 819 for the primary applicant and each of his dependant too must pay the same amount as visa fees and must attend the visa interview along with the primary applicant on the day at the Embassy.


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