Links

Here are some links that helped me to understand the process better.

Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery

link: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/

This is the application page you need to visit to apply for an diversity visa.

DV Program

link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html
The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Instructions

link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html
The annual DV program makes diversity immigrant visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the past five years. Within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.

Visa Bulletin

link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html
The Visa Bulletin offers valuable information about immigration. Click on the appropriate link below to find the desired bulletin.

Das Diversity Immigrant Visa Program - die "Green Card Lottery" - Amerikanische Botschaft in Deutschland

link: http://www.us-botschaft.de/germany-ger/greencard/index.html

Contains all information in the german language, e.g. "Registrierung und Teilnahmebedingungen", "Der Antrag", "Auswahl der Teilnehmer"

Understanding the Immigration Security Process

link: http://usinfo.state.gov/gi/Archive/2006/May/04-878088.html
An explanation of the immigration security check system was issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services April 25 in response to some applicant frustration about delays in the process. All applicants for a U.S. immigration benefit are subject to criminal and national security background checks to ensure they are eligible for that benefit. The agency acknowledges a small number of delays, but assures the public they are not based on race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.

Instructions to Panel Physicians for Completing Medical History and Physical Examination Worksheet (DS-3026)

link: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/dsforms/3026.htm
Each immigrant and refugee applicant must have a health assessment that includes 1. Past medical history information 2. A review of systems 3. A physical examination The Technical Instructions established these requirements (4). To aid in performing the health assessment in a systematic and reportable manner, a worksheet has been developed.

2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Registrations

link: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2006/77895.htm
Over 6.4 million entries for the 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery were received during the two-month electronic registration period, from October 4, 2006, through December 3, 2006. This is an increase from the more than 5.5 million applications received in the 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery. Taking into account dependents, there are more than 10 million participants in the 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery.