Diversity Visa Program

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year through the Diversity Visa (DV) Program, which is popularly known as the Green Card lottery.

Please see the Department of State website about the Diversity Visa Program for full details and instructions, and visit the official entry website dvprogram.state.gov to submit your entry form.

2022 Entrant Status Check

The Entrant Status Check for DV-2022 applicants will remain open until September 30, 2022. The online registration period for the 2022 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2022) closed on November 10, 2020.

DV-2022 Updates

We are thrilled to see the level of interest in the Diversity Visa Program, or random selection of possible green card candidates across the world. We believe that our diversity is our strength and are proud to welcome new immigrants to the United States.

For those who don’t know, each year, from all registered entries, the Department of State conducts a random selection of Diversity Visa candidates or “selectees.” Selection does not guarantee that a person will receive a visa or a visa interview, but it is an important first step. Being selected means that the person is eligible to participate in the DV program.

The Department of State’s policy is to use as many as possible of the 55,000 diversity visas available each year, which must be issued by the fiscal deadline of September 30. In order to issue as close to 55,000 visas as we can, the Department of State has to select more diversity visa entries than there are visas available. This means that many selectees may not be able to obtain an interview appointment.

Those who receive a Diversity Visa interview must come prepared. Individuals who miss or reschedule their visa application appointments, or who attend their appointment without all required documents, increase the risk that a visa may not be available or issued. Such actions also result in the use of an appointment that might have otherwise benefited a qualified selectee.

We deeply understand the impact of our work on individuals and families involved in the Diversity Visa Program. Consular teams around the world are scheduling as many Diversity Visa appointments as possible and processing cases as quickly as possible in accordance with their capacity and alongside other consular services.

2023 Entrant Status Check

You can check if you were selected starting May 8, 2022 using the confirmation number you received at the time you made your online entry.  The U.S. Department of State Electronic Diversity Visa Entrant Status Check for DV-2023 applicants is available until September 30, 2023.