Diversity Lottery Registration Program Available to Eligible Applicants Starting October 7, 2020

October 5, 2020

On October 7, 2020, 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 7, 2020, EDT through noon on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, EST. There is no cost to apply.

Foreign nationals must submit online forms and a digital photo through the official DV lottery website. 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. Department of State site and are fraudulent.

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

Those who are not eligible for lottery registration are individuals from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Honduras, the United Kingdom (except for Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories and Vietnam. Persons born in 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 8, 2021, through September 30, 2022. Lottery applicants should visit the E-DV Entrant Status Check the website 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 the fiscal year 2022. Note that the DV Entrant Status Check is the exclusive website by which selected "winners" will be notified of selection in the DV lottery.

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