Updated 2017 October - The US Government’s 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery programme also known as the Green Card Lottery has started accepting online applications from Sri Lankans and Maldivians from October 3, 2017 to November 7, 2017., the US Embassy announced.
The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity to interview for an immigrant visa and become legal permanent residents of the United States. The program is the “2019” lottery because applicants enter in 2017, interview in 2018, and—if selected and approved—receive Green Cards in 2019.
There is no cost to register for the Diversity Visa Lottery. Beware of scams, of persons or companies making claims of affiliation with the U.S. Government, and of those who promise improved odds of selection. No third party assistance is needed to complete and submit an application.
“The programme exists because the US government believes that having a nation of people from around the world, with different experiences and diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds makes US a stronger country,” Dr. Ross said.
Further Instruction and Online Application
Please go to U.S. Embassy Colombo’s website at https://lk.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/diversity-visa/ to find out more about the program, including qualification requirements and detailed instructions on how to apply in Sinhala, Tamil, and English. The only way to apply is online at www.dvlottery.state.gov.