The 2019 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery program registration begins


The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa announced that the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) Program registration will open on Tuesday October 3, 2017 and will close on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Ethiopian citizens are among those eligible to participate.
Each year the United States administers the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program in countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For the 2019 program, 50,000 DVs will be available worldwide and no more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to nationals of any one country. Only electronic applications are accepted. For complete information and/or registration, applicants must go to
U.S. immigration law requires that every DV winner must at least complete a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course of study in the United States. In Ethiopia, an ESLCE (12th grade) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification certificate showing at least five passing grades, or a university degree is sufficient.
Vocational training in Ethiopia – known as TVET – cannot be considered as a substitute for high school education and does not meet the education criteria for DV eligibility. In some cases, applicants may substitute two years of recent work experience in certain limited fields.
The U.S. Embassy encourages applicants to apply on their own although applicants are allowed to have someone else submit on their behalf. No matter who completes the form, the applicant is responsible for ensuring their applications are complete. Entries that are incorrect or incomplete may be disqualified. It is free to register for the program, but each applicant may only submit one entry. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.