Sept 30, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Colombo announced that the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program, popularly known as the Green Card Lottery, will be accepting on-line applications from tomorrow.
Diversity Visa Lottery online applications will be accepted from 9:30 PM local time on October 1, 2013, until 9:30 PM 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 online application for the Diversity Visa Lottery is completely free. The applicants are instructed to visit www.dvlottery.state.gov to apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery.
Applicants are instructed to apply only once. Multiple applications will disqualify the applicant.
The applicants must meet either the educational or the work requirement qualification for the Diversity Visa program.
Once the application is submitted the applicant will receive a confirmation number, which they must keep in order to check if they have been selected for a visa interview.
Interested Sri Lankans are referred to the U.S. Embassy Colombo's website at: www.srilanka.usembassy.gov/visas/diversity-visa-lottery-program.html to find more about the program, including the qualifications and detailed instructions in all three languages -Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The Embassy warns the applicants to be aware of scams and persons or companies making claims of affiliation with the U.S. Government, or those who promise improved odds of selection. The applicants do not need third party assistance to complete and submit an application, the Embassy informs.