How to select correctly the Level of Education in DV Lottery Application Form

How can i select correctly the level of education in DV Lottery Application Form? Having a high school diploma or be a skilled worker in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience is a basic requirement for a successful DV lottery entry. No further education is required.

Many DV Lottery applicants have education level, but they don’t really know how to select proper education level, in the DV Lottery Application Form.

What is the highest level of education you have achieved, as of today?

In today’s guide, you will learn how you can select correctly the level of education in the DV lottery application.

You will find this question in Part one section, in number 12, in the DV lottery application form.

how to select level of education in dv lottery application form

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How to Select the Correct Education Level in DV Entry

  • Primary School Only

In number 12 of DV lottery application form, the first category you’ll see is the “Primary School Only”.

The people who are supposed to select primary school only are the people who stopped in the primary, either you completed your primary and you did not join the secondary school.

Those people who did not even go to school or you started your primary school, but you did not complete, or even when you started your primary school, you completed it, but you failed, you also supposed to select primary school only.

  • High school, no degree

People who are supposed to select high school, no degree are the people who attended HSC or high school and did not complete to achieve their certificate or their degree, as they call it in USA.

If you know you did not complete your High School or HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate), as it be call in some Africa countries, you are supposed to select high school, no degree.

Even those people who finished ‘O level and you did not attend HSC, you are supposed to select high school, no degree.

  • High School Degree

High school degree is for those people who finished the high school and have their certificate. As some country call it certificate, in USA they call it degree. If we know you completed your high school, you have your certificate, you can select high school degree.

Even if you sat for your final examination and you failed, you are supposed also to select high school degree because you have your certificate, despite the fact that you failed, but you have your certificate for high school. You completed that level of high school. You can select high school degree.

Even if you completed but you not pick your certificate from the school, that certificate is still there. When you go and ask them, they will give you a certificate. In some countries, you just pick the pass lip, which shows the results. But when you go back to your school, there is your certificate.

So even if you have not picked your certificate from the school, but it is there. So you select high school degree.

  • Vocational School

Vocational school, they don’t even qualify to apply, but it is option here. Vocational school are not qualifying to apply DV lottery.

The reason why vocational school are not qualifying is because some of the vocational, they are just providing technical skills whereby even someone from primary school can go and attend vocational school. He/she can go there and get some skills, or programming, or carpentry, mechanical, they don’t require high school qualification to go there to study.

Even a primary school or someone who did not go to school can go in a vocation and get some skills there, and start making money.

  • Some University Courses

If you completed your high school and you went to university, but you are still pursuing your degree and you also did some certificate or you did a certificate course from the university, after completing your high school and you also did a diploma. If you did your diploma, your certificate and you are still in the process of finishing your degree, you can select “Some University Courses”.

  • University Degree

This is self-explanatory. If you know you’ve finished, you have your degree, you select this one.

  • Some Graduate Level Courses

Here, you should be still pursuing your masters, you have not yet completed your master’s degree, but you are still in the process to finish. So you are supposed to select some graduate-level courses. You have not yet graduated, but you are soon to graduate, but not yet graduated. You just select “Some Graduate-Level Courses.

  • Master’s Degree

If you already have your Master’s Degree, you select this one direct.

  • Some Doctorate-Level Courses

If you are still pursuing your doctorate, not yet completed, you select some doctorate level courses.

  • Doctorate Degree

That is when you completed your doctorate degree, then you select this one.

Note: You must have a minimum of a high school diploma reflecting the completion of a full course of study (vocation schools or equivalency degrees are not acceptable) or be a skilled worker in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to qualify (visit to see if your occupation qualifies) for a Diversity Visa.

That is how you can select those options. Avoid selecting wrong options in your DV lottery application. Another thing, if you know like you are in your last year, like high school, you are in the last year, you are yet to sit your final exams, you can also apply because by the time results will come in May, you do have attend your certificate.

I hope the information is clear for you.

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