Diversity Visa Lottery
What is the DV program?
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV) makes available 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) 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.
A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration.
Please visit the Diversity Visa Program Instructions page for more information.
Please note that all applicants, regardless of who fills out the application for them, are responsible for the accuracy of the information in their application. Applicants should retain their own confirmation page.
There are strict rules regarding the qualifications for the visa. If the applicant cannot meet these requirements, he or she should NOT submit an entry to the DV program.
To qualify for a visa under this program, an applicant from Morocco must have a Baccalauréate certificate or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation designated "Job Zone 4" or higher at the U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine database, which is used to determine qualifying work experience. Generally these are professions which entail a high degree of managerial responsibility. Please verify that your occupation is qualified and meets the requirements of the Diversity Visa Program.
Please note that a niveau bac or Diplôme de Technicien Spécialisé is not accepted.
In recent years, a significant number of Moroccan lottery winners lacked these qualifications and their visas were refused at the time of the interview. Unfortunately, they had apparently overlooked the information provided by KCC at each step in the process about the educational and professional criteria that must be met to qualify for a DV.
The determination as to whether an applicant qualifies for the DV occurs during the interview with the consular officer who refers to the Department of Labor's website to determine if an applicant qualifies based on work experience. Prior to the interview, however, a non-refundable $330 processing fee must be paid for each applicant. Thus, unqualified applicants spend a substantial amount of money only to be refused a visa. We therefore urge Moroccans considering the Diversity Visa to review the qualification criteria information provided by KCC.
If an applicant does not have a bac, has reviewed the O*Net website and is still confused about whether or not his or her professional experience qualifies, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to assist you.
U.S. Embassy Cautions Against Diversity Visa Scams
The U.S. Mission in Morocco reminds Moroccan citizens and residents to use caution when working with private entities to apply for visas to the United States, as reports of fraudulent e-mails, websites, and print advertisements offering visa services are on the rise.
In particular, one widespread Diversity Visa (DV) scam e-mail instructs recipients to send money via Western Union to a fictitious person at the U.S. Embassy in London. If you have received this e-mail, you have been targeted by con artists. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should money be sent to any address for participation in the DV Lottery. The Department of State's Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) does not send e-mail notification to DV entrants informing them of their winning entries. DV- 2015 applicants will never receive correspondence containing information on an applicant's status, but will only receive notification directing them to check their status on the official website. The only official way to receive status updates is through the DV program website at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.
Many private websites offer legitimate services to assist individuals in applying for visas, but some illegitimate entities claim to provide "visa services" as a cover for scams or identity theft. Some of these websites may attempt to charge a fee for providing forms and information about immigration procedures that are available to the public at no charge on the Department of State (http://www.state.gov/) and travel.state.gov websites, or through the U.S. Embassy website.
Persons who wish to apply for U.S. visas should use caution before deciding to send via e-mail personal information such as credit card and bank account numbers. The only official way to register for the DV program is directly through the official U.S. Department of State website during the specified, limited-time registration period.
The DV program offers up to 55,000 visa slots annually for people who wish to apply for immigration to the United States. Applicants selected in the random drawing are notified by the U.S. Department of State and are provided with instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process. No other organization or private company is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to notify DV program applicants of their winning entries or the next steps in the process of applying for their immigrant visas.
Successful DV-2014 applicants already have been notified by KCC by letter, not by e-mail. DV-2014 entrants also can check the status of their entries at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ until June 30, 2014. Entrants will not be asked to send money to the KCC or any U.S. embassy or consulate.
Entrants who completed the online DV-2014 entries will not receive notification letters from KCC. Rather, they must check the status of their entries themselves through the Entrant Status Check available at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between May 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.
To report incidents of visa fraud, please contact the Consulate General in Casablanca via e-mail at email@example.com.
Images of U.S. emblems such as flags, eagles, monuments, or official seals do not necessarily indicate a U.S. government website. A domain name of ".gov" ensures that a website is a legitimate U.S. government site where the information is free and up-to-date.
Complaints about unwanted e-mails that may be scams can be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice at www.usdoj.gov/spam.htm.
For more information about DV scams, visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1749.html. For general information about the DV lottery, go to http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html.
It is possible to win the Diversity Visa Lottery and discover that you do not qualify at the time of the interview. The Diversity Visa Program has very strict qualifications. Please read the regulations carefully to make sure you qualify for the program.
Avoiding DV Scams
The Department of State warns of impostor or fraudulent websites, emails or print advertisements. Click here for more information.
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DV Fraud Warning
U.S. Embassy Cautions Against Diversity Visa Scams
The U.S. Mission in Morocco reminds Moroccan citizens and residents to use caution when working with private entities to apply for visas to the United States, as reports of fraudulent e-mails, websites, and print advertisements offering visa services are on the rise. Full Message »
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Due to work volume, phone inquiries to our staff in Casablanca will be accepted Tuesday and Thursday between 2 pm - 4 pm at 0522-26-45-50. Staff in Casablanca can speak with you in English, French, or Arabic. If you are calling from the United States, please dial +212-522-26-45-50.