Updated 17 October 2017: Now, website is up and will resume accepting applications from November 18 2017 to November 22 2017.
Now, website is up and will resume accepting applications from November 18 2017 to November 22 2017.
So, the service was down due to technical problems, now that problem not exists.
All all entries submited from Oct 3 to Oct 10 2017, have to start the new application procedure from the begining. Throw away previous previous confirmation number because it is not valid and you do not need it anymore.
Message explanation displayed in official website:
“Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period will begin at noon, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and will run until noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday November 22, 2017. Only entries submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Please throw away any confirmation number or other documentation that you have if you submitted an entry during Oct. 3-10.”
October 11 2017- Website is down.
“Down for Maintenance” is the message that appears if we try to apply for Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery.
Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery program is offered online by Us Government through the official website: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ .
In addition to the “Down for Maintenance” message, there is no other clearer explanation.
During the years that this service is online, never happens that the service falls, at least not for a long time. Informations from some sites are simply “speculations”. Because when we see a message like this “Down for Maintenance” then logically we can say that, this is a technical or overload problem.
If we use the logic of similar cases, then we do not have to believe in speculations, or some conspiracy theories.
The information that this has made Trump or Congress does not think we should believe it.
We believe this message will not appear for a long time, and we must have patience.
The most important thing is that we do not seek solutions from other unofficial sources. There are no other sites that offer this service, we should be careful with the swindlers. Even when we receive any phone calls from someone who offers on behalf of the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery program we should ignore them because they are fake agents.
All websites representing the US government end up with .gov , not .com.
Logically, in this case the word “maintenace” is the cause, while “down” is the consequence. The consequence does not seem to be something that is irreversible, while this cause is something that ends quickly.
Usually these problems are easily solvable, in this case within a few hours. However this is just a lottery, but for many people it is very important to win.