US changes application date for 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

The United States Department of State will restart the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery after it was marred by technical issues. The new registration period opens for electronic entries on 18 October 2017 at 6 p.m. GMT, and closes on 22 November 2017 at 6 p.m. GMT.

The official website of the US Department of State issued a press release on Monday informing applicants, that due to technical issues, all entries made prior to 18 October 2017 are not valid and have been excluded from the system. The electronic Diversity Visa Lottery website was down for maintenance since 10 October.

With the issue now resolved, the department explained that applicants may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries, but individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified.

“Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website, during the registration period. All other eligibility requirements remain the same,” explained the department.

Beginning 15 May 2018, DV-2019 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at the official website to see if their entry was selected. Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members.

The department also will confirm visa interview appointments through the Entrant Status Check.

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