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Registration Period for DV-2016

Visa Lottery Scam Alert

Visa Lottery Scam Alert - See Below





The online Diversity Visa 2016 registration begins Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight time (EDT) (GMT -4) and concludes on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4). 


The U.S. Embassy in Bern has received enquiries from people who are victims of a world-wide scam involving the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, also known as the visa lottery.  The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from Diversity Visa applicants.  To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, please read the following advice from the Embassy.

The U.S. government never contacts visa lottery winners via mail, e-mail or by phone.  The U.S. Government will NOT ask you to send money to them or to the Embassy in London or any other U.S. Embassy.  Any message that asks you to send money, by mail or by services such as Western Union, is a scam even if a legitimate Embassy address is provided.  

The only way to apply for the Diversity Visa Program is through the official U.S. Department of State website during the specified registration period which takes place annually in the Fall.  If you have never registered for the program, you will NOT be contacted in regard to this program, and should find it strange if contacted regarding your winning.

If you registered for the Diversity Visa Program, you will be required to check the outcome of your registration at the official U.S. government website

For further information and future updates on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, please see:

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