Registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery

Registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery

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Every year, the U.S. government makes in Diversity Visa Lottery 50,000 permanent residence visas (“green cards”).  Visa applicants are selected through a computer-generated, random lottery. The selection of a person’s name in the lottery gives that person the right to participate in the next steps in the visa application process.

Applicants must submit their entries electronically, and they are strongly urged to apply early to avoid delays in the Web-site as the deadline nears.

The lottery is open only to persons from eligible countries who meet certain education or work experience requirements: either a high school education or its equivalent, or two years of qualifying work experience. Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply for the lottery because those nations sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the previous five years: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

Everyone can enter the lottery only once. Spouses have a right of each submit an application.
The English-language version of the DV-2011 Lottery instructions is the only official version. Instructions will be available in other languages (on the instructions page) as translations become available.
Numerical results are available on the State Department Web site, by country, for the DV-2009 visa lottery (2009 year) and the DV-2010 visa lottery (2010 year).