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 or DV lottery.

DV-2019 Program: Online registration for the DV-2019 Program began on October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).

The requirements for the DV program are established by U.S. immigration law. If you are planning to register for the DV program, be sure to look closely at the requirements for this type of visa. Make sure you read the DV-2019 instructions careful to find out whether or not you qualify to submit an entry. Entrants may be disqualified for not completing the entry form correctly or by submitting more than one entry. We suggest you check our SlideShare presentation for additional information and guidance.

Please note: The Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy is not involved at the entry submission stage. Therefore we are unable to assist with any questions about submitting an entry and eligibility criteria. Please ensure you read the instructions carefully.

Important: Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved. Only entries submitted between October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4) will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Please throw away any confirmation number or other documentation that you have if you submitted an entry during October 3-10.