Diversity Lottery Registration Program Available to Eligible Applicants Starting October 2

September 27, 2019

On October 2, this year's Diversity Lottery Registration Program (DV lottery) becomes available to applicants from eligible countries. You can enter the DV lottery here. Entries can only be submitted electronically. All entries must be submitted between noon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 EDT through noon on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 EST. There is no cost to apply.

Foreign nationals must submit online forms and a digital photo through the official DV lottery web site. Only one entry is permitted per person. Multiple entries submitted on behalf of one individual will disqualify that individual. Be certain to register on the official government website. Sites that charge fees to register are not the official U.S. State Department site and are fraudulent.

Visas are distributed among six global regions with the greater number of visas going to natives of countries that are the most underrepresented.

Not eligible for lottery registration are those from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom (except for Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories and Vietnam. Natives of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible to apply. Spouses permitted to apply per lottery rules may have partners from ineligible countries accompany them if they are lottery winners.

Requirements to Apply
To qualify for the DV lottery, one must have either a high school education or its equivalent (i.e. the successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education) or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform the job.

Winning the Lottery
Notification regarding selection will be available between May 5, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Lottery applicants should visit the E-DV Entrant Status Check web site to determine whether their entry has been selected for the lottery.

Those selected through the lottery will be able to apply for permanent residence in fiscal year 2021. Note that the DV Entrant Status Check is the exclusive web site by which selected "winners" will be notified of selection in the DV lottery.

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