Applicants who submitted their entries for the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery between October 3rd and 18th will have to re-submit them again.
Individuals who submitted applications during these dates are directed to reapply as their original applications have been lost due to a technical glitch on the State Department website.
The message on the State Department website read in part…
“The revised online registration period for the DV-2019 Program begins on Tuesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4). All entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those concerned, however, we must restart the entry process for this year (DV-2019). If you entered before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, that entry will not be considered, and you will need to submit another entry during the new registration period. You may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified.
Users have been complaining that the site had been down for most of the week and they could not submit their entries. The site reported a technical issue and stated that it was under maintenance.
“The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period will begin at noon, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and will run until noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday November 22, 2017,” it added, telling applicants to “throw away” any confirmation number or documentation of applications submitted between the 3rd and 10th.
Those who applied during the mentioned period will be contacted by the State Department via email, instructing them to check the website dvlottery.state.gov “for an important announcement”.
“We will also work through our embassies and consulates to inform potential entrants of the situation and new registration period using social media and local media outlets,” said a State Department spokesman.
Many expert however fear that many who had applied may not know that they need to resubmit their applications causing many to miss out.
Winners of the current lottery would get their visas during the 2019 fiscal year that runs from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.
Natives of all countries qualify except Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. People born in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are eligible.