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Beware of Diversity Visa Program Scams

The Department of State is warning the public to be aware of an increasing number of scams aimed at Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program applicants. The DV program is an annual lottery open to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S., and individuals who are selected are permitted to seek lawful permanent residence. The scams involve fraudulent emails and letters supposedly from the U.S. government aimed at extracting payment from the DV applicants. Applicants selected for the FY 2011 DV program were notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center, by letter. They are advised to check the status of their entries at from July 1, 2010, until June 30, 2011. Applicants for the FY 2012 DV program will not receive a notification letter from the U.S. government but must check their status online between May 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. DV Entry Status Check will only be provided through the Department of State secure online site at Moreover, applicants should be mindful that any website or email that does not end in “.gov” suffix is not from an official government website. For more information on the DV process, particularly on how to avoid scams, see the Diversity Visa Program webpage at

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