The end of 2013 will mark the end of the 2013 Diversity Visa Lottery. After December 31, absolutely no more visas will be distributed to winners of the DV-2013 lottery.
What Was the DV-2013?
The DV-2013 Lottery’s registration period took place in October of 2011, at the end of that registration period no one else was allowed to register for the lottery.
On May 1 of 2012, the winners of the DV-2013 Lottery were announced and registrants were able to check their status on the official Diversity Visa website.
During the summer of 2012, the Kentucky Consular Center began accepting applications for visas associated with the 2013 Green Card Lottery.
How to Apply for a Visa?
Winners of the Green Card Lottery will then contact the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) where they will officially apply for a visa.
An immigration visa will allow a foreign national to come to a port of entry in the United States and apply for entry into the country.
A visa does not necessarily mean that the holder has an inalienable right to living in the United States, however, it is an important step in the Process.
Upon entering the United States, immigrants will then be considered Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) and they will have the right to live and work in the United States indefinitely.
Are There Still Unclaimed Visas?
The Green Card Lottery has a limit to how many visas will be given out for a particular session. The cap is nominally set at 50,000.
Applicants can check if there are any remaining visas by checking the State Department’s Visa Bulletin. The bulletin has a chart which shows which regions can still apply for a visa.
If there are no more visas available it is a good idea to apply for this year’s Green Card Lottery, DV-2015.