Major DV-2013 Lottery entry form blunder

Homeland Security

This is the time of year where approximately 15-17 million hopeful applicants from all around the world are entering the US DV-2013 Diversity Visa Lottery that yearly grants 50,000 green cards to persons from “underrepresented countries,“ which have been less represented in employment and family-based preference categories in the United States of America and who meet two basic eligibility requirements. The Program makes green cards available to the winners, authorizing the winners and their families to live, study and work in the United States of America as permanent residents. The Green Card Lottery program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card. The US Department of State has in effect the DV-2013 lottery from October 4, 2011 at noon US East coast time to November 5, 2011 at noon US East coast time.

Glaring Entry Form Blunder

One would think that an electronic entry form that is to process 15-17 million applicants in a little more than 4 weeks would have been tested appropriately before being uploaded to the Department of States web site for applicant to submit their information through. We did some basic testing of the form and found, that if you register and you have 2 or more children, the form will not allow you to enter the middle name of child two and higher. You are only allowed to check the box “No Middle name”, thus, forcing applicants to submit incorrect information that unfortunately will come back to haunt them if they win. When these applicants win a green card and submit their formal application, there will obviously be a discrepancy between the formal application and the application that was selected in the lottery regarding any child labeled as child 2 or higher. Knowing how immigration authorities go by the book 100% of the time, this could lead to applicants being rejected for submitting incorrect information in their lottery application and in worst cases lead to their DV-2013 lottery application being denied. We felt that we had to publish this glaring programming bug, so that the applicants being forced to enter incorrect information on the Department of States homepage do not get held accountable for a web form programmers glaring mistake.

DV-2013 Lottery overview

In the past, paper applications with signatures were accepted. In 2003, this process was changed by the United States Government and Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery applicants may only apply for the Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery online.

DV-2013 Entry Requirements

There are two entry requirements that you must meet to enter the USA Diversity Visa Green Card lottery:

Country of Birth

To enter the USA DV-2013 Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery you must be native of a country with a low immigration rate to the USA to qualify. People born in countries with high U.S. immigration are excluded from this Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery. Please see the list below of countries whose natives are currently excluded from the USA Diversity Green Card Lottery. Please note that eligibility is determined only by the country of your birth, not based on country of citizenship or current residence. This is the most common misperception. The following countries are excluded from the USA DV-2013 Diversity Visa Green Card lottery program this year: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland only), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) or Vietnam

Note that United Kingdom includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Northern Ireland does qualify.

Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt for the USA Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery this year.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

Natives from all other countries may register for the USA Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery.

Education or Work experience that qualifies

To qualify for the USA 2011 Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery you must have completed a U.S. high school education or a foreign equivalent of U.S. high school education "High School education or its equivalent" means the successful completion of a twelve year course of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. or successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to complete a 12 year education in the U.S. Passage of a high school equivalency examination is not sufficient. It is permissible to have completed one’s education in less than twelve years or greater than twelve years if the course of study completed is equivalent to a U.S. high school education.


To qualify for the USA DV-2013 Diversity Visa Green Card lottery you must have worked in one of the approved occupations for at least two years within the last five years

If you meet both of the requirements you are welcome to enter the DV-2013 lottery for a chance to win a US Permanent Resident card also know as a Green Card.

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