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    198 Irish people win in US Diversity Visa Lottery

    By Noreen Bowden | July 23, 2009

    This year’s Diversity Visa lottery results are in, and 198 people from the island of Ireland have been awarded the opportunity to continue the visa process – out of a total of 13.6 million applicants.  There were 167 from the Republic, up from 132 last year, and 31 from the North, up from 35 last year, according to the latest newsletter of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers.

    The CIIC warns that winners will need to act promptly, and those who are living or who have lived in the US should contact their nearest Irish centre to make sure they are eligible and to receive assistance in completing the forms.

    Entrants (who previously completed online DV entry through the official website at should be able to check the status of their entry through the e-DV website.  Applicants will need to use their own confirmation page information from the time of their entry (October 2, 2008, to December 1, 2008), to check the status and to find out if their Diversity Visa Lottery entry was or was not selected. To check the status of an application go to:

    The CIIC says that this year’s applicants can check online to see if they are successful, although they will also get results in the mail:

    The CIIC has also reissued its warning about DV lottery scams:

    • DV lottery winners were notified by mail between May and July and they will be provided further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the U.S.
    • Those selected are NOT notified by email
    • Those individuals NOT selected will NOT receive any notification so if you receive a notice please verify that is is legitimate on the official website.
    • Read the fraud Warning on the US Department of State Website.
    • Currently the DV program is closed. No applications are being accepted.
    • There is only one official DV lottery site

    Visit the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centres website.

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