Immigrants in the Bronx hoping to get visas need to watch out for scams

The Federal Trade Commission warns those hoping to obtain visas to beware of scams.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program allows immigrants to obtain permanent resident visas through a lottery system. But the FTC says there are a number of scams used to trick immigrants. The FTC says to avoid getting scammed, immigrants should learn how the program works.

There is no charge to enter the program's lottery. All you have to do is go onto the U.S. Department of State's Web site, answer a few questions and provide passport photos. Be careful because some bogus sites charge fees.

Applicants must meet an education or training requirement and be from an eligible country. The FTC says watch out for Web sites that promise documents by mail or online, and watch out who you send personal information to.

All lottery entries must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, December 30.

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