DV-2015 starts amid government shutdown


The registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) Program 2015, to which Ethiopia is eligible, began on Tuesday, October 1, amid a partial US government shutdown.
The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa announced that registration will continue until midday on November 2. Louise Guallpa-Lliguichuzhae, Deputy Consul General at the Embassy, said that the application process will be conducted online, free of charge as usual, and that applicants should be aware of persons or entities that may present themselves as agents of the U.S government and ask for payment from applicants to submit their applications or provide other services, are fraudulent.
She also said that the results of the DV program will be available online on the State Department’s website from May 15, 2013 onwards, but the department will not provide prior notification. “The online Entry Status Check will be the only way selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2015,” she said.
“We strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter applications. Heavy demand may result in website delays,” she told journalists on Monday at a press briefing held at the Embassy.
Every year, the program makes visas available to persons meeting the eligibility requirements. Some sources told Capital that a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas are made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S each year.
To the question why does the US select mostly professionals to immigrate to their country when it is a known fact that their services are needed by their own countries, Rafael Perez, Consul General at the U.S Embassy in Addis Ababa, said that America is picking up well-trained people in order to provide them with the experience they require. The department of state started implementing the electronic registration system in 2005.
The DV lottery program will apparently run only for this year as there have been legislative efforts to eliminate the program. The Senate and the House Judiciary Committee reportedly approved separate bills to end the program back in June.
Meanwhile, registration began despite a partial shutdown of the U.S government, which reports indicate has sidelined as many as 800,000 federal employees since it started.