Claim: AMERICAN VISA LOTTERY ONLINE REGISTRATION 2021 NOW OPEN!!!
Full Text: A WhatsApp text with a claim that the American Visa Lottery online registration 2021 now open has been shared by users.
The message is “AMERICAN VISA LOTTERY ONLINE REGISTRATION 2021 NOW OPEN!!!
Take the chance of living in the USA and apply for the official US Green Card Lottery!
The Green Card unlocks the door to the United States for thousands of USA fans every year. It allows the lucky Green Card winners permanent residence as well as an unlimited work permit for the USA.
Every year, the United States grants 55,000 Green Cards through the Green Card Lottery!
Click below to Apply Now
When the link in the message is clicked, you it takes you to this
Verification: The United States Embassy in Monrovia was contacted and Michael Ardaiolo
Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Monrovia said “I am not able to tell where that link goes. When accessing any information about U.S. visas, it is important to always go to U.S. Government websites for the most accurate information. Third party companies sometimes try to profit off of limited or incorrect information about U.S. immigration. The U.S. Embassy website or travel.state.gov are typically your best resources.
The “US Green Card Lottery” is referring to our Diversity Visa Program. It is an annual program making a limited number of visas available to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Here is additional information as well about it from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
An online search established that the BBC pidgin article debunked similar message in Nigeria.
The US Embassy in Nigeria on its Twitter’s account termed the message as Fake on June 18, 2021, “SCAM ALERT
The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is aware of websites and messages advertising the U.S. visa lottery. All these sites are FAKE! The only accurate information on the visa lottery is available at http://ng.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov.
At the same time, the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has not open new applications for 2021, all entrants on its websites are 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.
Verdict: False, The American visa lottery online registration 2021/2022 is not open, it is expected to open from 7 October 2021 and close on November 10, 2021.