The DV Lottery Jargons: Understanding the Language of Immigration

If you have applied for the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, you may have come across some unfamiliar terms and acronyms that can be confusing. To help you navigate the immigration process and understand the language of immigration, we have compiled a list of commonly used DV lottery jargons.

1NL – First Notification Letter: This letter is also known as the Winning Letter. It is sent by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) to notify the winners of the DV lottery that they have been selected for further processing.

DS260 – Immigration Visa Application and Alien registration Form: This   is an electronic form used by the U.S. Department of State to collect information from foreign nationals who are applying for immigrant visas to the United States. Each applicant must fill and complete this form in order to be concerned for a visa.

CN – Case Number: Each DV lottery winner is assigned a unique case number, which is used to track the status of their application throughout the immigration process.

VB – Visa Bulletin: This is a monthly publication by the U.S. Department of State that shows the availability of visas for various categories of immigrants, including DV lottery winners.

2NL – Second Notification Letter: This letter is also known as the Interview Letter. It is sent by the KCC to DV lottery winners who have completed their processing and are scheduled for an interview with a U.S. embassy or consulate.

PCC – Police Clearance Certificate: This is a certificate that proves that the applicant has not been involved in any criminal activities.

KCC – Kentucky Consular Center: This is the agency responsible for processing DV lottery applications and notifying winners.

POE – Point of Entry: This is the location where the DV lottery winner will enter the United States, such as an airport or land border crossing.

CEAC – Consular Electronic Application Center: This is an online portal used by DV lottery winners to check the status of their case and submit required documents.

USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: This is the agency responsible for processing applications for immigration benefits, including green cards.

NVC – National Visa Center: This is the agency responsible for processing immigrant visa applications after they have been approved by USCIS.

DV – Diversity Visa: This is the official name of the DV lottery program, which is designed to increase the diversity of immigrants in the United States.

AP – Administrative Process: This refers to additional processing that may be required for some DV lottery winners, such as additional background checks.

GC – Green Card: This is the common name for the Permanent Resident Card, which is proof of a person’s status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

AOS – Affidavit of Support: This is Form I-134, which is required for some DV lottery winners to show that they will not become a public charge in the United States and that they have adequate financial support.

Understanding these DV lottery jargons can help you navigate the immigration process more effectively. By knowing what these terms mean, you can better communicate with the relevant authorities, follow the proper procedures, and ensure that your application is processed smoothly.

If you are still confused about any of these jargons, you can consult the official U.S. government websites. With the right knowledge and resources, you can successfully apply for the DV lottery and start a new life in the United States.

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