What you should know about the visa lottery

As the deadline to register for the Diversity Visa program, known as the "visa lottery," is now open, eligible individuals should take advantage of this opportunity.

The enrollment window is short. You have until November 3, 2015 to submit an application.

Remember, you can only apply once. If you attempt to submit multiple applications to increase your chances, you will be disqualified.

The procedure is completely free and can only be done electronically on the website www.dvlottery.state.gov.

In the following segment aired on Telemundo, I clarify several points about the visa lottery:

Beware of fraudulent notifications! If you receive a letter saying that you won and asking you for money to obtain the visa, ignore it, because it is false.

The result of the visa lottery will only be released as of noon on May 3, 2016 on the website www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Even if selected, they must meet all requirements to be eligible for a visa.

If you have a criminal or immigration history, consult with an immigration attorney before initiating any immigration proceedings.