Every year the government of the United States gives 50,000 Green Cards.

Each year, the equation is repeated and there are millions who aspire to win, it is very important that the applicant is prepared properly in the process to avoid falling victim to some scam.

Recently the Office of visa discovered an increase in fraudulent e-mails on the “visa lottery” and that’s why they provide tips to such avoid problems.

  1. Be sure that your country participates

Currently the only countries that can participate in the lottery are: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

At the moment: Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico and Dominican Republic, they can’t participate in the lottery

  1. The “.gov” is your ally.

The addresses of the websites of the US government end with the extension “.gov”. If you receive information that seems true or that involves giving your personal details, do not be fooled by the website design, scammers are many and very creative, commonly placed pictures of the Capitol, the White House or the Statue of Liberty to seek truth.

  1. Never send money

When you win the visa lottery it must be clear that the canceled fees are paid at the embassy or US consulate to a previously scheduled appointment. You will never be asked such advance payments by check, money order or wire transfer.

  1. DVlotery is the only place to review their status

Visa applicants can check the status of your application entering www.dvlottery.state.gov. The only way to know your status is entering this website.


  1. Do not believe people who promise portals or increase your chances of winning. This has no influence at all on the results of the lottery, be cautious with your information and money.
  2. Everything is randomly selected. Winners do not have any preference
  3. Do not open or much less answer emails that tell you who won the visa and ask them to deposit money.
  4. The only way to prove that you won is entering the same portal of entry