Do I need a sponsor for the DV Lottery? Am an applicant, how can I find a sponsor for the DV lottery? Who can sponsor me for the DV lottery? This guide will give you answer to some of these questions DV lottery entrants ask always.
Do I need a sponsor for the DV Lottery?
Diversity Visa (DV) applicants do not need a sponsor, such as an employer or immediate family member in the United States, nor are they required to provide an Affidavit of Support.
No DV winner needs a sponsor. You don’t need a ‘sponsor’ for the DV Lottery. All she/he needs is a rational plan for supporting him/herself from the day of arrival until being independently solvent.
This can include savings, family funds, promises for food and lodging from friends or relatives either in the home country or already in the U.S, or any other plan that shows initiative and sense.
If you were lucky enough to win the draw, you must simply figure out – and be able to explain to the interviewing US consular officer – how you will support yourself and get started in your new life in the US.
If you have savings, relatives or friends who will give or lend you money, a relative or friend in the US who will let you live with him/her while you get going, or any other simple, rational and reasonable plan to not starve in the streets, that’s all you need.
If this plan can be explained to the interviewing consular officer and makes sense, off s/he goes to the U.S.
What happens if I win the DV lottery and I don’t have a sponsor nor enough money?
A sponsor, and a large bank balance, are not mandatory for the DV, but the successful applicant must convince the interviewing consular officer that s/he has a well-thought-out plan to support him/herself and any accompanying family members from the day that they land.
That convincing can take many forms and combinations of forms: a legitimate job offer, a friend or relative willing to house and feed the person until he gets on his feet, etc.
Is it compulsory to bring proof of sufficient funds to the DV lottery interview?
A successful DV applicant will, at the time of the interview, have proof of sufficient funds to support him/herself on arrival in the US, or a reliable source of income and support (family member or friend already in the US, promised employment, etc).
If the applicant has no idea how to be able to afford to live in the US without relying on public assistance, the visa will not be issued.
Just be aware that registration for the DV Lottery will only run till about the first week in November so you still have about 2 weeks to register, the official website for the Lottery is (dvprogram.state.gov) check out the registration requirements on the website alternatively you can find information on the Department of State website.
The entry submission period for DV-2024 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 5, 2022 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 8, 2022. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only.
Entrants may be disqualified for not completing the entry form correctly or by submitting more than one entry.
I hope you find the information useful.
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If you have any questions about the DV lottery, please contact an immigration professional/officer or a licensed attorney.
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