**** UPDATE ****
The DV-2019 entry period is being restarted and extended.
I am getting lots of people asking the same questions so I want to write this one time and refer people to this message.
- The DV lottery entry site is down for maintenance.
- This was not planned – something broke, and they are actively trying to fix it.
- They are aware of the problem.
- There is no need to phone anyone!
- There is no projected timeline for when this will get fixed.
- I don’t know anything about the details.
- It will get fixed.
- I don’t know if they will extend the entry period because of the outage.
- This is nothing to do with Trump, travel bans or any particular country.
- There are 3 weeks left to enter – no need to panic.
October 13, 2017 at 15:54
Tks a lot for ur efforts to keep us un date.
I applied Last week before site down for maintenance. Should i apply again after technical problem sort out!! Tks tout reply
October 13, 2017 at 16:18
October 14, 2017 at 13:43
October 13, 2017 at 16:33
I want to ask you can confirmation number predict you winning ? Thanks
October 13, 2017 at 16:42
I don’t understand your question.
October 13, 2017 at 17:37
The level of your studies can affect your results on the lottery ?
October 13, 2017 at 18:18
October 14, 2017 at 08:28
Not at all, they ask just for high school certificate
October 13, 2017 at 18:34
I mean the confirmation number of the entrant applicant can give prediction to win dvlottery ?
October 13, 2017 at 19:23
Can your confirmation number tell if u will win or not
October 13, 2017 at 19:48
October 13, 2017 at 22:07
What about people who had already played,would they repeat it again??????
October 13, 2017 at 22:35
I don’t know.
October 14, 2017 at 13:39
October 14, 2017 at 20:20
I’m so sorry guys i’m pretty sure that it’s becoz i intended to register that all the system was f……hhhhh. I mean this so ME!!!!!!!!!I promise i won’t …ever. U’ll see by tomorrow everything is going to be ok
October 14, 2017 at 21:41
That is not much of a prediction.
October 13, 2017 at 20:00
Would the already entered data (before the maintenance) be saved? I entered mine and my family data on October 3rd, I am a Syrian national but lives in the USA
October 13, 2017 at 21:03
I assume it would be saved, yes.
October 14, 2017 at 13:41
You will need to re-enter.
October 15, 2017 at 00:23
I expected that thanks looool
But let’s hope my country Syria will still be there …or my expectations would be 100% true which I don’t want ?
October 14, 2017 at 02:33
I have read on DV official website that “The DV-2019 registration period opened on October 3, 2017, and closed on November 7, 2017”. And if you read thoroughly you will see that it is written in past tense. Thus, I am thinking that no matter what happens the registration period will end on given date. We are lucky if they fix the problem before the deadline.
What do you think about it?
P.S: It is only my opinion, nothing else.
October 14, 2017 at 03:55
Wait and see.
October 14, 2017 at 13:39
October 14, 2017 at 03:35
I emailed the Kentucky consular officer about the DV 2019 website being down for maintenance. This is what they say-“You may refer to the following website for information regarding the Diversity Visa program: http://www.travel.state.gov. If the website is not accessible contact your internet provider and have the provider refresh the proxy.” It sounds like they don’t know as the site has been down. What do you think Brit?
October 14, 2017 at 03:51
It’s just a standard reply.
October 14, 2017 at 13:38
October 14, 2017 at 04:08
Wat happens if the number people that registered in a country is only 20.thus that means they will all win since they are few
October 14, 2017 at 04:14
No, it won’t mean that.
October 14, 2017 at 13:38
October 14, 2017 at 06:05
Yesterday, there was a Tweet by the official account of the US Embassy in Cyprus about the DV Lottery and the application tutorial video. I guess they wouldn’t tweet about that if they weren’t going to solve the glitch and go ahead with the Lottery.
Hours ago, there was another tweet/reply by the official account of the State Department (Travel) saying “No updates yet, but we’re working to bring it back as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience”.
Let’s wait and see.
October 14, 2017 at 13:38
October 14, 2017 at 07:49
Now most social media collecting peoples information birth date. for that Dv lottery entry form attacked by hackers auto fill form world peoples data to make confuse the database full of trash. for that some security setting must be add. This is my Guess
October 14, 2017 at 08:04
ive been arrested but not convicted willl i be disqualified?
October 14, 2017 at 12:16
October 14, 2017 at 08:36
Hi i have a diploma in nursing where do i fall under the educational background in the DV Lottery?
October 14, 2017 at 12:25
The diploma is vocational – therefore does not help to meet DV requirements. So – your general schooling is what matters.
October 14, 2017 at 08:49
THANKS BRIT for your answers.
October 14, 2017 at 10:22
maybe we broke something with the CEAC Status Scraper and all the petitions, lol
just joking, I have a real question… a few days ago it appeared to be “ALL DONE” but now we have about 5000 CAPTCHAs left to solve… I’m solving more, but I’m not sure if it is still necessary or it’s all done
October 14, 2017 at 12:28
We were just wanting to check for any late updates to the DV2017 data. However, the most important time for entering CAPTCHAS will start in January – for the 2018 data.
October 14, 2017 at 10:41
I havent applied yetto lool I just took a picture and I was ready like to upload it but found out their error and im panicking because honestly im stateless and I have no idea what to do. Hope they fix it fast.
October 14, 2017 at 12:35
October 14, 2017 at 13:37
October 14, 2017 at 10:47
So . honestly is there any hope that it will be fixed as soon as possible .iam just asking about your opinion.thanks
October 14, 2017 at 12:35
I am certain it will be fixed “as soon as possible”.
October 14, 2017 at 13:42
IS there any alternative way to submit the application, the reasons for down for maintenance are not clear which is really not good at all. they should have provided more information that the problem will be solved soon.
October 14, 2017 at 13:46
October 14, 2017 at 13:43
May be Trump stopped thé site, it’s possible.
October 14, 2017 at 13:45
October 14, 2017 at 20:39
Stp est ce que le delait de l inscription sera prolongé?
October 14, 2017 at 21:40
October 15, 2017 at 10:04
this is my last semester in university can i select bachelor in DV lotter?
October 15, 2017 at 12:48
If you want, yes
October 15, 2017 at 22:48
good evening for a while, after a maintenance you have stopped enrollment and following this I would like to ask you two things: 1) when will resume registrations? 2) those who are registered before you start registration will they resume registrations again? thank you
October 15, 2017 at 23:01
good evening for some time because of a maintenance you have stopped enrollment and I would like to ask you 3 things: 1) when will registrations resume? 2) those that are registered before you start maintenance will they resume registrations again?3) I do the terminal this year (candidate for the baccalauréat 2018) I can check high school degree despite I did not do the baccalaureate first ? thank you
October 16, 2017 at 03:11
3. Just make a choice.
October 16, 2017 at 03:14
October 15, 2017 at 23:41
all country they have to submit another entry
October 15, 2017 at 23:42
all country they have to submit another entry ??
October 16, 2017 at 03:08
October 16, 2017 at 09:32
I am a pharmacist (bac + 5 years in university)
Wich level must be choosen ?
October 16, 2017 at 13:21
Pick what makes sense to you. It isn’t important.
October 16, 2017 at 14:22
I have BA in English Language Translation ! Can my university degree affect to win the lottery?!
October 16, 2017 at 14:24
I also have 8 years of work experience ! What about this?! Can it be effective ?!
October 16, 2017 at 15:26
October 16, 2017 at 18:24
^^NOT at all!!!!!!!!!! My 35 year old nephew with just barely High School diploma with lowest marks and who works as a Taxi Driver since high school won the lottery and got GC. At the same year my aunt who is 60 year old homemaker, pensioneer won and got GC. So, obviously, higher education, better job position, younger age does not matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 16, 2017 at 21:36
Dv 2019 website has been new info updated. The time have been extended, and all entries before the 10th would need to be resubmitted. Check the website for more info.
October 16, 2017 at 21:55
Yep we are aware – thanks.
October 17, 2017 at 00:10
What about the ones who applied n the first days , di they have to apply again ?
October 17, 2017 at 00:25
October 17, 2017 at 00:47
Please those who where in doubt about the information Brit posted earlier can recheck from the main site again at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov. It has been confirmed officially.
October 17, 2017 at 02:10
Hi. Am franck , I’m from africa but living in usa. I’m supposed to go to scholl but due to some family situation i couldn’t. I just want to know if i will be disqualify if i apply for dv 2019
October 17, 2017 at 02:55
October 17, 2017 at 02:17
Thus this year lottery marks the last one
October 17, 2017 at 02:55
Shaking my head here.
October 17, 2017 at 13:46
Meaning no or…….
October 17, 2017 at 15:04
I think we don’t have to jump for conclusions from now! The constitution of the United States is built on diversity bases..I would rather think that this is the last think they would remove if things really got so hard! Although I am Syrian National residing in the States, I am a bit optimistic , because I know the good nature of the American people, and since the Jurisdiction system here is independent! I am hoping that some judges say something about…Keep up the hope..we need positive energy here guys
Do you agree @Britsimon?
October 17, 2017 at 15:41
I think you are talking about a different thing. You are talking about judges, presumably relating to the travel ban. That remains to be seen.
Storm has somehow assumed the outage of the DV-2019 means there is no lottery, when in fact if he/she had bothered to read the article above and clicked the link about the update, he/she would know that is nonsense. I shake my head in despair that no matter how much information I give, some people still manage to ignore that information and come up with their own illogical conclusions.
October 17, 2017 at 15:42
Meaning read the article or click this link.
October 17, 2017 at 16:04
I REGISTERED FOR THE DV 2018 AND I HAVE BEEN CHECKING.
BUT CAN I STILL GO AHEAD AND REGISTER FOR DV 2019?
October 17, 2017 at 16:34
October 17, 2017 at 21:26
I hear what you are saying! Imagine that an hour after I answered , the ban was blocked loool
That is a big hope, for all the nationals of those countries..
But yeah for what Storm meant , you are right ..people should look at the original link before posting questions..
Thanks for your continuous effort BritSimon, I follow you since 2014, when I won dv2015 and I had a golden 4-digit number in ASIA but unfortunately the bulletin stopped for 2 months on the same number which was 73 number after mine!! so we didn;t get an interview
I am still hoping for the best, I know the odds aren’t high for someone who previously won to be chosen again! but I am applying every year
Good luck to everyone!
October 18, 2017 at 02:19
Hi dears the maximum size of DV file is (240KB) what is the minimum size? i edit all my family photos by the help of US DV lottery photo size guidance, the size become 70KB or 76 KB is it acceptable? please kindly help me about this.
October 18, 2017 at 02:22
The photo instructions cover that. The photo could be just fine at that size.
October 18, 2017 at 02:55
Dear BritSimon the photo is fix to that cover which is mentioned in dv lottery site, every thing is ok but just KB is 70 or 82 or 95. they mentioned in the site that the maximum KB is 240 if a file become more than 240kb it is not acceptable. my question is this ( If a photo is fit and fix to that cover but just kb is 70kb, is it OK or not?) i mean what is minimum kb of an accepted photo? . thanks
October 18, 2017 at 04:38
I already answered.
October 18, 2017 at 08:07
Thanks a lot Simon i get the point.
one another question, is the below link is trustable place for checking photo?
October 18, 2017 at 13:04
Don’t use any photo site apart from the official tool!
October 18, 2017 at 04:53
Today I heard that a Judge stopped the ban 3! Is that right?! If it is right, will it affect Iranians?! Wil the possibility of issuing visa for Iranians be increased?! I m from Iran so worried about lottery! If I am selected, I have to charges too much money! If we are not given visa, it will a loss for ?
October 18, 2017 at 04:56
October 18, 2017 at 05:05
I regestered DVD Lottery 2019! Should Zi reenter and register?! No mails reciived! Thank you for your prompt reply
October 18, 2017 at 05:13
October 18, 2017 at 20:00
Thanks for your updating. I still have one question. i didn’t go to school as i was sopposed to. So i want to know if i will have to go in my country if i win the lottery. And if due to my kind of “illegal” situation they wil still let me come back
October 18, 2017 at 23:23
I don’t know.
October 18, 2017 at 19:08
of friends can they use only one email when registering all of them?
October 18, 2017 at 19:36
October 19, 2017 at 00:31
a couple can register it twice ie the woman is main for 1st record and the boy becomes second. in the end for the second recording is the boy who becomes the principal and the daughter the second. know that they play together
October 19, 2017 at 13:50
AM REGISTERING THE DV LOTTERY FOR MY SISTER AND TWO BROTHERS, CAN I USE MY EMAIL ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS FOR ALL OF THEM?
October 19, 2017 at 13:58
October 20, 2017 at 06:49
Is there a problem with the up loading a photo I have correctly cropped 600 x 600 – 112kb photo on the US crop & save page, but I cannot get my cropped photo to upload!! It just shows the photo name in the box next to “Chose New Photo” but the photo will not populate in the square box just a small X in the top left corner?? Appreciate any ideas on where I may be going wrong!!!
October 20, 2017 at 07:38
Photo uploading problem Solved since my last comment — Completing the DV-19 application re photo upload, did not work on my Internet Explorer browser so went to Google Chrome and uploading worked first time there application successful …hope this anomoly helps other confronted by …is the pic …is it the down load ..is it the size etc etc
October 20, 2017 at 12:56
October 21, 2017 at 01:25
I clicked a final ‘Submit’ via Chrome and instead of a normal “Submission Confirmation Page”, got “This site cannot be reached..”. Now not sure should I re-apply. I submitted with no issues from IE with my wife as a primary applicant. Now not sure should I go and submit again with me as a primary!? Any suggestions?
October 21, 2017 at 03:55
October 21, 2017 at 06:23
while i want to fill the form at first on the top of right side i see that there is written (Estimated Burden: 30 minutes). i do not know what does it mean. is it means that i have just 30 minute for filling of this form or it has another meaning. thanks.
October 21, 2017 at 12:36
It just means they expect it should only take 30 minutes – but there is not a limit on how long you have to fill it out.
October 22, 2017 at 17:03
Un couple peut elle jouer deux fois
October 22, 2017 at 21:47
good evening after the inscriptions on November 22, go check the photos and remove the bad photos in the system
October 22, 2017 at 23:25
I don’t understand.
October 23, 2017 at 17:51
OK je voudrai dire.
1)Avant de faire le tirage, est ce que vous allez procéder à une vérification des photos des personnes qui se sont fait inscrivent ?
2) au niveau de mailing adress , est ce que ce sont nos adresse de là où nous sommes on va mettre ou bien ce son les adresses de là où on réside actuellement on va mettre ?
October 23, 2017 at 18:49
Questions to me should be in English.
October 23, 2017 at 19:32
OK I will want to say.
1) Before making the draw, are you going to check the photos of people who have registered?
2) at the level of mailing addresses, is it our address where we are we will put or this sound the addresses of where we currently reside we will put? 3) a couple who plays as a couple can she register twice but different principal applicant ?
October 23, 2017 at 20:20
1. Me? No. The government, yes – to some extent.
2. Current address.
3. Yes – one entry each, listing the spouse as a derivative.
October 24, 2017 at 06:12
OK thank you I know now, it is not only to record that is necessary but it is first of all make sure the photo is taken because you can register without taking part in the draw if the photo is not valid . thank you
October 24, 2017 at 12:33
to wear a white shirt and it is to photograph on a white background, the photo will be considered invalid?
October 24, 2017 at 13:18
Not necessarily. Just a bit daft.
October 26, 2017 at 12:33
I WANT TO FORWARD A MAIL I RECEIVED BACK IN 2012, THAT CLAIMED I WON THE VISA LOTTERY AT THE TIME. CAN U PLEASE CONFIRM IF IT WAS FROM AN ORIGINAL SOURCE. COS I TREATED IT AS A SCAM.
CAN I JUST POST IT HERE?
October 26, 2017 at 12:35
You can post it here if you want – just take out your information.
October 26, 2017 at 12:41
Hi BRITSIMONSAY, please, I have a very delicate concern that I would like your answer. Since the case of dual applications are often disqualified, what is provided for cases of twins or twins who have the same physiognomy traits, same birthdays, same surnames, same sex, and do not matter only on their first names and post-names?
they will be considered as dual applications?
October 26, 2017 at 12:54
I don’t know.
October 26, 2017 at 12:50
IVE POSTED IT.
BUT I CANT SEE IT
October 26, 2017 at 12:56
OK – I have seen it – it was treated as spam by the blog software.
Yes it was a scam.