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Questions and Answers About the DV-99 Visa Lottery Program

Author: Irish Immigration Center

Question: I submitted an application for the Diversity Visa (DV-99) Lottery Program in October, 1997. How long more until applicants will be notified and, if selected, will I be able to do the interview in the US?
Answer: The notification process for the DV-99 has already begun. Notices are currently being issued to applicants in Africa. These will be followed by Asia and then Europe. As in previous years, the State Department will be notifying 100,000 applicants that they have been successful in the lottery. As a receipt of notification does not guarantee a DV-99 visa and since there are only 50,000 visas available, people are encouraged to respond in a timely fashion. Applicants will receive, with the notification of success, instructions on how to proceed with the DV application. Lottery applicants who have not received a notice of success by mid-June can assume they have not been successful in the DV-99 lottery. It is too soon to determine how many successful applicants will be notified from each individual eligible country.

Because of changes in immigration legislation in recent years, those who have remained undocumented in the United States for a period of 180 days or more will not be eligible for a visa. Section 245 I of a previous act, which allowed undocumented applicants to interview and receive their permanent resident card (green card) in the US, expired on January 14, 1998. Successful DV applicants who are not in lawful nonimmigrant status will now have to return to their home country to interview for the green card. If an applicant has been undocumented in the US for 180 days, he/she faces a 3 year bar from returning to the US. If an applicant has been undocumented in the US for one year or more, he/she faces a 10 year bar from re-entering the US. Since a successful DV applicant has to take up residency in the US upon receiving a green card, this means those who face a bar have little chance of legalizing their status.

At the interview in the US Consular office overseas, green card applicants are being asked to document where they are living since April 1, 1997. Document applicants are being asked to present/include, but not limited to, tax returns, wage stubs, employers statement, air line boarding passes (to prove they departed from the US within valid visa time frame), old passports, medical records, school diplomas or transcripts, government assistance receipts, and utility bills.

Question: Is applicant required to take up residence in the US after receiving the green card?
Answer: You are required to take up residence in the US within two months of your interview.

Question: Upon arrival in the US, what do I need to do?
Answer: You will take your passport and visa stamp to your local Social Security Office where you will be issued a social security number and card. You can begin working in the US. Your green card will be mailed to you after a number of months depending on the backlogs at Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Frosina thanks the Irish Immigration Center for this information and
Shkelqim Beqari for providing the Albanian version (Frosina Advisory IM628A).

Albanian Issues Caucus Members in the U. S. Congress

Albanian-Americans and others should feel free to contact any of the members of the Albanian Issues Caucus in the U.S. Congress listed below to express their thoughts and feelings about various aspects of American-Albanian relations including immigration matters, US Embassy procedures, cultural exchange programs, tourist, student and work visas, etc.

Statement of Purpose
The Albanian Issues Caucus promotes six primary goals: 1. The peaceful evolution of democratic institutions in Albania, Kosova, FYR Macedonia, and other areas in the Balkans with Albanian populations; 2. Alleviation of human suffering in Albania, Kosova, FYR Macedonia, and other areas of the Balkans with ethnic Albanian populations; 3. Expansion of cultural exchange btween Albania, Kosova, FYR Macedonia, and other ethnic Albanian populated regions; 4. Respect for human rights, including the rights of minority groups in Kosova, Albania, FYR Macedonia, and other ethnic Albanian populated regions; 5. Establishment of free market economies throughout the Balkans; and 6. Promote contact between Albanian Americans and their ancestral homelands in the Balkans, the U.S. government, and other ethnic communities.

A list of Congressmen and contact information:


  • Congressman Eliot Engel
     (D-NY), Co-chair 2303 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-2464 Fax: (202) 225-5513 Internet:www.house.gov/engel/ Contact: Jason Steinbaum
  • Congressman Peter T. King (R-NY), Co-Chair 403 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-7896 Fax: (202) 226-2279 Internet:www.house.gov/king/ Contact: Robert O’Connor
  • Congresswoman Eva Clayton (D-NC) 2440 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3101 Fax: (202)225-3354 Internet: www.house.gov/clayton/Contact: Johnnie Barnes
  • Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX) 2256 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3605 Fax: (202) 225-4951 E-mail: martin.frost@mail.house.gov Internet: www.house.gov/frost/ Contact: Justin Kasmir
  • Congressman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) 2449 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3776 Fax: (202) 225-2541 Internet:www.house.gov/gilman/ Contact: John Herzburg
  • Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-NY) 1222 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-5441 Fax: (202) 225-3289 Internet:www.house.gov/suekelly/ Contact: Dan Boston & Dennis Lambert
  • Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) 2217 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3531 Fax: (202) 225-7900 Internet: www.house.gov/lantos/Contact: Dr. Kay King
  • Congressman John J. LaFalce (D-NY) 2310 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3231 Fax: (202) 225-8693 Internet: www.house.gov/lafalce/Contact: Patricia Hennesey
  • Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI) 2209 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-4961 Fax: (202) 226-1033 E-mail: slevin@mail.house.gov Internet: www.house.gov/levin/ Contact: Drew Setter
  • Congresswoman Nita Melnikoff Lowey (D-NY) Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-6506 Fax: (202) 225-0546 Internet:www.house.gov/lowey/ Contact: Matt Traub
  • Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) 416 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-6101 Fax: (202) 225-5759 Internet:www.house.gov/mcgovern/ Contact: Cindy Buhl
  • Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) 1214 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-4376 Fax: (202) 225-0017 E-mail: Jim.Moran@mail.house.gov Internet: www.house.gov/moran/ Contact: Michael Eastman
  • Congressman John Olver (D-MA) 1027 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: (202) 225-5335 Fax: (202) 226-1224 E-mail: john.olver@mail.house.gov Internet: www.house.gov/olver/ Contact: Kelly Bovio
  • Congressman Bill Paxon (R-NY) 2412 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: (202) 225-5265 Fax: (202) 225-5910 E-mail: rep.paxon@mail.house.gov. Internet: www.house.gov/paxon/ Contact: Chris Downing
  • Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) 2244 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3436 Fax: (202) 225-4160 Internet: www.house.gov/payne/Contact: Charrise Espy
  • Congressman John Porter (R-IL) 2373 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: (202) 225-4835 Fax: (202) 225-0837 Internet: www.house.gov/porter/Contact: Kelly Curry
  • Congressman Dana Rochrabacher (R-CA) 2338 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515-0545 Tel: (202) 225-2415 Fax: (202) 225-0145 Internet:www.house.gov/rohrabacher/ Contact: Paul Behrends & Al Santoli
  • Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) 2342 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-4361 Fax: (202) 225-6001 E-mail: jserrano@mail.house.gov Internet: www.house.gov/serrano/ Contact: Nadine Burg
  • Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-NY) 2232 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202)-225-5936 Fax: (202)-225-1018 Internet: www.house.gov/towns/Contact: Alexander Beckles
  • Congressman David Bonior (D-MI) 2207 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-2106 Fax: (202) 226-1169 Internet:www.davidbonier.house.gov/ Contact: Scott Paul
  • Congressman Michael R. McNulty (D-NY) 2161 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515-3221 Tel: (202) 225-5076 Fax: (202) 225-5077 Internet:www.house.gov/mcnulty/ Contact: Charles Segal
  • Congressman James H. Maloney (D-CT) 1213 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Tel: (202) 225-3822 Fax: (202) 225-5746 Internet:www.house.gov/jimmaloney/ Contact: Bryan Miller
  • Congressman Steven R. Rothman (D-NJ) 1607 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: (202) 225-5061 Fax: (202) 225-5851 Internet:www.house.gov/rothman/ Contact: Raffi Hanparian