DV 2015 Program
New Application Procedures for Winners of the United States Diversity Visa 2015 Program
The U.S. Embassy would like to convey the following information to Diversity Visa registrants who have been selected for the Diversity Visa 2015 (DV-2015) program. DV-2015 program selection results became available on May 1, and DV-2015 registrants may view their selection notification online at the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website, http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.
The U.S. Department of State, which oversees the Diversity Visa application process, will implement new electronic application procedures for those who have been selected for DV-2015. The new application form - the DS-260 Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application – must be completed online at http://ceac.state.gov/ceac and will allow for more efficient processing of DV-2015 program applications. Applicants for the DV-2015 program may no longer submit the paper application form previously used to apply for the Diversity Visa. The DS-260 application will be available on May 19. In order to log in to the online application system, DV-2015 applicants must provide the DV case number given in their selection notification and the principal applicant’s date of birth.
Because the Diversity Visa program is still transitioning to the new online application form, DV-2015 applicants who have submitted the DS-260 application will be unable to check the status of their application online until their case is scheduled for an interview. The online Visa Status Check system will display an error message if a case has not been scheduled for an interview. However, this error message does not indicate there is a problem with the actual application. This check status functionality will be enabled in the coming year. DV-2015 applicants who wish to check their application status prior to their interview may contact the Kentucky Consular Center at KCCDV@state.gov.
Online registration for the DV-2014 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Detailed information can be found at Diversity Visa Program 2015 Instructions.
Changes to Form I-94
To increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admission process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated CBP Form I- 94. Travelers will no longer receive the paper form upon arrival except in limited circumstances. The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document. If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 (record of admission) for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from www.cbp.gov/I94.
Changes to Filing I-130 Petitions Overseas
Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing overseas will no longer be able to routinely file Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relative, with U.S. Embassies and Consulates except in locations where U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a public counter presence within the Embassy or Consulate. Petitioners residing overseas in countries where USCIS does not have a public counter presence will be required, starting August 15, 2011, to file their Forms I-130 by mail with the USCIS Chicago lockbox. U.S. Embassies and Consulates that do not have a USCIS presence will only be able to accept and process Forms I-130 in exceptional circumstances, as outlined below.
Forms I-130 that were properly filed at an Embassy or Consulate overseas where USCIS does not have a presence before August 15, 2011, will not be affected by this change.
Filing Instructions beginning August 15, 2011:
Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners residing overseas who wish to file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, may do so as follows:
- If the petitioner resides in a country in which USCIS has a public counter presence, the Form I-130 may be filed directly with the USCIS field office (see instructions below) or through the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at one of the below addresses.
- If the petitioner resides in a country where USCIS does not have a public counter presence, the Form I-130 must be filed with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at one of the addresses below, unless the petitioner requests and is granted an exception based on one of the criteria described below.
USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107
USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
For additional information about how to file a Form I- 130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please see the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov or contact USCIS by phone at 1- 800-375-5283.
Filing at USCIS Overseas field offices:
From August 15, 2011, petitioners residing in a country where USCIS has a field office, with a public counter, may choose to file the Form I-130 either through the Chicago lockbox or at the USCIS field office. Petitioners should contact the USCIS field office with any questions regarding the filing of petitions. For more information on where USCIS has overseas field offices and contact information, please Visit: http://www.uscis.gov/international. Exceptional Filing at U.S. Embassies or Consulates without a USCIS Field Office: Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners, who do not reside in a country with a USCIS field office, but who believe that their situation merits an exception, may request an exception to allow the Consular Section at the Embassy or Consulate to accept the filing. Each request for an exception will be evaluated individually.
A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 at an Embassy or Consulate where USCIS does not have a presence should contact the Consular Section to request consideration of the request for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the Embassy or Consulate. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances that warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS. USCIS will be publishing guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional on their website at: http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/AFM/HTML/AFM/0-0-0- 1/0-0-0-3481/0-0-0-6254.html
Please contact the Consular Section at ConsularRangoon@state.gov for further information.
Diversity Visa Fraud on the Rise
Currently, many Diversity Visa applicants in Burma are receiving fraudulent emails notifying them that they have won the U.S. Diversity lottery. Please note that the State Department will not announce DV winners until May 1, 2014. Also, those selected in the random drawing will NOT be notified of their selection by email or regular mail. Entry Status Check, which will be available starting May 1, 2014 via www.dvlottery.state.gov will be the ONLY means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for DV 2015. Those individuals NOT selected will be notified of their non-selection through the web-based Entry Status Check.
Burma’s Internet Connectivity Problems
Please note that Burma’s continuing Internet connectivity problems are making it difficult for applicants within Burma to complete their DS-160 online non-immigrant visa application forms. The Embassy is closely monitoring the situation and is reviewing possible solutions.
Burmese citizens traveling to the United States must have a valid U.S. visa. There are two primary types of U.S. visas: nonimmigrant and immigrant. The Embassy's Consular Section processes both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for travel to the United States.
The Consular Office is located at the United States Embassy:
Note:For security reasons, taxis are not permitted to park adjacent to the Embassy’s outer gates while waiting for visa applicants. If you plan to use a taxi, please make sure the taxi moves along afterwards. Taxis may not park or idle for any length of time. If you’re visiting us via taxi, please be sure it waits farther down University Road or diagonally across the street. Thank you for your cooperation.
Visa Application Questions
If you have questions, this website may be able to answer them for you. If you would like to schedule an interview date, please go to the Embassy’s NIV Appointment System. A Burmese translation of the instructions for the Embassy’s NIV Appointment System can be found here: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/burma/895/pdf/Onlineinstruction.pdf (PDF 50 KB). You can also write to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 95-1-536-509 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm any working day. Due to the heavy demand for visas, our phone lines are often busy.
If you have a question about the status of your Non-Immigrant or Immigrant visa case, write to the Consular Office's email address at ConsularRangoon@state.gov. If inquiring about an Immigrant visa case, include your RNG or DV case number, name, and date of birth.
If you had an immigrant visa interview and the Consular Officer returned a blue sheet, the OF-194, to you after your interview, look on that sheet for your case number.
Our phone line is open for Immigrant visa questions daily from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, and our phone line is often busy due to the heavy volume of calls, so write to our email address first.
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Defense of Marriage Act
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The U.S. government is working to interpret this decision and implement policy and procedural changes as soon as possible. Information about how this ruling may affect the visa application process for affected families can be found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/doma.html.
APPLY NOW AND AVOID THE RUSH!
During the summer months (June – August), the Consular Section receives more inquiries for visa appointments. Wait times for an interview sometimes grow longer, and occasionally applicants consequently miss their dates of travel. Don’t let this happen to you! In order to ensure you realize your travel aspirations, please plan to apply for a visa well in advance of your date of travel, particularly if you plan to travel this summer.