An annual Diversity Immigration Program, commonly known as the visa lottery, makes available each year by random selection 55,000 immigrant visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Eligibility to apply for this Program is determined by a person’s place of birth, not citizenship. The registration period takes place each Fall online. You can only register for the Program during the official registration period and you can only register online.
DV-2018 Program: Registration Period is Announced
DV-2018 Program: Online registration for the DV-2018 Program begins on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).
For DV-2018, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. Changes in eligibility this year: Ecuador is eligible for DV-2018. Follow this link for full details.
Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 & 2016 Entrants
Additional entrants have been added to “selected” status on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Please use your unique confirmation number to verify your status. Successful entrants are encouraged to complete the online DS-260 application immediately, so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled. Embassies and consulates only have a limited number of appointments each month for DV applicants, so it is vital that DV selectees start the visa process immediately.
The Department of State will not send DV selectees a notification letter or notify you of selection by email. Any email you receive from the Department of State will only direct you to the Entrant Status Check at www.dvlottery.state.gov.
DV-2017 ends on September 30, 2017. In addition, if all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued before that date, the program will end earlier. Entrants with “selected” status should act now since the visa process can be lengthy. DV-2017 visas cannot be issued after September 30, 2017. Participants are reminded to check the status of their DV entry through Entrant Status Check www.dvlottery.state.gov using the confirmation numbers they received when they initially submitted their applications.
2016 Entrant Status Check
DV-2016 Entrants (those who entered the DV lottery between October 1, 2014 and November 4, 2014) have until September 30, 2016 to check the status of their entry through this website.