Each year, the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program offers up to 50,000 visas to potential immigrants. The DV Program makes these available through a random drawing of all eligible applicants.

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Applicants must be from countries with low U.S. immigration rates. Most winners of this lottery system live outside of the United States and, upon winning the visa, go through the consular immigrant visa process.

As with many immigration matters, there is a lot of confusion surrounding this process, and there are also many scams that attempt to take advantage of vulnerable individuals looking to immigrate. It is important to be aware of the scams, as well as to understand how to avoid falling victim to them.

If you have questions pertaining to immigration or deportation, the O’Brien Law Group may be able to help. We specialize in assisting individuals who are facing deportation or who want a work visa to remain in the United States legally.

Rusty O’Brien is a trusted and respected Louisville deportation lawyer with more than 10 years of experience, and he regularly represents clients in important immigration hearings. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment to discuss your own immigration or deportation concerns.

Here are two ways to protect yourself from U.S. visa lottery scams

  1. Ensure that Correspondence Is Official

According to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, it is important to ensure that the correspondence you receive via email is actually from the U.S. government. You should also make sure the websites you visit regarding visas are legitimate, as well.

All websites that end in “.gov” are official government websites, and the U.S. Department of State recommends visiting www.usembassy.gov directly rather than linking via other websites. Visa information that appears on websites other than those that end with “.gov” is not official. Many other websites provide legitimate and useful information, but the Department of State does not officially endorse any of them.

  1. Understand How Fraudulent Emails and Websites Work

There are many scams on the internet regarding U.S. visas, and most will request you to submit some form of payment for specific services. If it is not an official payment to the U.S. government, though, it will not count toward the visa process.

According to the U.S. Department of State, many websites charge for information that is freely available elsewhere on government websites. Some even charge visitors to complete processes that are otherwise free via the official channels.

If a website promises you a visa or green card in exchange for a fee, you should consider it a scam because that is not an official channel to apply for citizenship. It is far more beneficial to contact an experienced and trusted immigration lawyer for advice.

At the O’Brien Law Group, we work through the official channels to help you legally apply for work visas and other immigration documents. To speak to a Louisville immigration attorney, call us today at 502-400-7890.

 

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