US-2015 Green Card Lottery begins

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The US Embassy Colombo announced today that the 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the ‘Green Card Lottery,’ will start accepting online applications from 9:30PM (SL time) on October 1, 2013, until 9:30PM on November 2, 2013.

The Diversity Visa Lottery is an annual program that allows randomly selected applicants who were born in qualifying countries – including Sri Lanka and Maldives – the opportunity to interview for an immigrant visa, and if they are qualified for immigrant visas, to become legal permanent residents of the United States, the embassy said in a statement.

“If you are interested in finding out more about the program, including the qualifications and detailed instructions in Sinhala, Tamil and English, please go to the U.S. Embassy Colombo’s website at: srilanka.usembassy.gov/visas/diversity-visa-lottery-program.html. To apply for the lottery, please go to https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/,” it said.

The statement also said:

A few suggestions to keep in mind:


•         The lottery application period is only open from October 1, 2013 to November 2, 2013;

•         The lottery is only open to people born in certain countries, including Sri Lanka and Maldives;

•         You may only apply once; multiple entries will result in disqualification;

•         You must meet either the educational or the work requirement qualification for the Diversity Visa program, so please make sure you qualify before applying;

•         After submitting the online application, you will receive a confirmation number, which you must keep in order to check if you have been selected for a visa interview.

The online application is completely free – there are no hidden costs.  Beware of scams and persons or companies making claims of affiliation with the U.S. Government, or those who promise improved odds of selection.  You do not need 3rd party assistance to complete and submit an application.

Beginning May 2014, applicants may go online to www.dvlottery.state.gov to see if they have been selected for a visa interview.  If selected, the interview will be with a U.S. Consular Officer, who will decide if you are eligible to receive a visa.
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  • Santhosh Tuesday, 01 October 2013 04:41 AM

    "I was born in Lanka, educated in Lanka, grew up in Lanka, i hold a top post in the public sector but i hold a US citizenship".

    Fawzan Monday, 30 September 2013 06:54 PM

    Gotha can apply again.

    Grumpy Monday, 30 September 2013 07:14 PM

    If you don't want a Green Card, keep quiet! There are million others who want it including some of our patriots.

    Chandana Tuesday, 01 October 2013 05:13 AM

    US government going to shut down soon , i learnt today.

    Mohammed Rifkhan Tuesday, 01 October 2013 05:17 AM

    I had an idea to apply for Green Card But after i got to know this news "U.S. Government Shutting Down in Impasse" i have no any idea to apply for that.

    Lal Wickrama Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:16 AM

    Mohammed do not apply you wont get it anyway because you are a Khan.

    Ohhh yeah Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:46 AM

    14 million people from around the world applied to dv-2014 last year.
    We must accept that a lot of people dream to get a US citizenship

    Duminda N Jayatileke Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:32 AM

    SL is so poor and the standard of living is so low, I would get out at the first available opportunity.

    zorro Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:55 AM

    they shut down or not lacks of Sri Lankans are going to apply for the US green card. The winners are going to be better off there than living in SL. And one day we all have to pay for our "luxury" to the Chinese! And our patriotic Politicians would migrate to US with their Green cards for sure!

    Nims Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:50 AM

    Hey you Grumpy! At midnight in Washington (1400 AEST), the United States government will effectively shut down unless warring Republicans and Democrats come to a last minute deal to extend its budget.

    Nims Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:54 AM

    Mate you can go their and beg by the road. The soldiers returned from Iraq and Aghanistan are sleeping under bridges.

    Nims Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:59 AM

    You don't need to repeat. He clearly said that he will not. Everyone has the right to make their own comments here. If you wish please request the boat people to make applications

    Nims Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:00 AM

    Don't worry the TNA cancer will never leave the country

    Gamarala Tuesday, 01 October 2013 02:54 PM

    Hey you guys, those who do not wish to apply for the green card visa lottery, do not have to do so. Its purely voluntary. No one is being forced to apply. Life is definitely better for those who win the G/C lottery, working in America is better then working in Sri Lanka. The minimum wage in California was just raised to $10/- an hour. That is Rs.1,314.75 an HOUR x that by 8 = Rs.10,518.00 a day x 5= Rs, 52,590 a week x 4.33 =Rs.227,715 a month & mind you this is the minimum wage.

    Anton Tuesday, 01 October 2013 02:56 AM

    And I Don't know how to switch off Caps

    Lal Wickrama Tuesday, 01 October 2013 03:22 AM

    I followed the footprints of Gotabaya,Basil, Fonseka etc etc though I loved my country.

    janaka Tuesday, 01 October 2013 05:34 PM

    yes, you can go now they are already shut down. They might ask a lone from you....ha..hha

    ANTON Monday, 30 September 2013 04:18 PM

    I DON'T WANT GREEN CARDS, I WAS BORN IN LANKA, I WAS EDUCATED IN LANKA, I GREW UP IN LANKA THEREFORE I DON'T LEAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND.

    Asokamala Tuesday, 01 October 2013 04:30 AM

    NOW PARTLY OWNED AND REMOTE CONTROLLED BY CHINA

    Sunilw Tuesday, 01 October 2013 04:36 AM

    Then don't apply!!!

    romesh Tuesday, 01 October 2013 04:38 AM

    ANTON,
    You may be the only one in this island..


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