Diversity Visa Program

What is Diversity Visa Program?

Diversity Visa Program

The Diversity Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, based on a random drawing among all applications. The DV Program is administered by the Department of State (DOS) of the United States.

During each fiscal year, you can register for the Diversity Visa Program (DV) for a limited amount of time. Each year, the Department of State publishes comprehensive guidelines for applying to the DV Program. These instructions contain the dates of the registration period during which you may participate

All entries must be submitted electronically during the specified registration period on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website. No late entries or paper entries are permitted. During each registration period, the law authorizes only one entry per individual. To detect multiple entries, the Department of State employs sophisticated technology. You will be disqualified for submitting more than one entry. This website cannot be used to submit an entry until the date and time specified on the DV Instructions page. 

Find out about entry period, eligibility, cost and how to apply for the green card lottery:

Diversity Visa Program Cost

There is no fee to enter the green card lottery.

Diversity Visa Program Eligibility

There are two main requirements when applying for a Diversity Visa:

  1. Country of Birth
  2. Education/Experiance

Diversity Visa Program Entry Period

DV-2025 Program: The online registration period for the DV-2025 Program begins first week of October 2023 and concludes First week of November 2023.

How to Apply DV Lottery

Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form) online at dvprogram.state.gov. After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records.

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