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US Green Card Lottery DV Program provides 50,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year. Persons are drawn from the randomly selected entries from the persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. It is officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program and provides the US green card to those selected and who go through the entire process of getting the immigrant US visa.

There is no cost to register for the DV Program!


Enrollment into this years USA Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery program is open to all individuals world-wide, who meet the two entry requirements :

  1. an applicant for the DV-Program must have been born in a country listed by the US State Department as eligible to take part in the DV-Lottery for any given year.
  2. have high school education or its equivalent, or have within the past five years two years of work experience that requires at least two years of experience or training.  No minimum age requirement.

If you meet these two entry requirements, you can enter the USA Green Card lottery.

You must provide the following information to complete your E–DV entry:

1. Name—last/family name, first name, middle name—exactly as on your passport.
2. Gender—male or female.
3. Birth date—day, month, year.
4. City where you were born.
5. Country where you were born—Use the name of the country currently used for the place where you were born.
6. Country of eligibility for the DV Program—
7. Entrant photograph(s)—Recent photographs without glasses (taken within 6 months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on your entry.
8. Mailing Address—
9. Country where you live today.
10. Phone number (optional).
11. Email address—An email address.
12. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today.
13. Current marital status.
14. Number of children. List the Name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless. Submit individual photographs of each of your children using the same technical specifications as your own photograph.

All the submissions for the lottery must be done through the official site of U.S. Department of State during the submission period.

Immigrant does not need to speak or write English, have job offer, have relatives in the U.S., or have a sponsor.

Both husband and wife can each submit the application. If one person wins all his dependents are eligible for derivative status.


Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries.

Getting married after winning the immigration lottery.

After being notified of your win, you have at least half a year’s time before the interview in a US consulate takes place. In this time, you can marry or have a child and the new family member will automatically be considered eligible for a Green Card. It can be same sex marriage but it has to be registered in the country where such marriages are legally recognized.

If you, however, get married after your interview appointment in the US consulate, therefore after receiving your Green Card, you have start the process of petitioning for your spouse.

Getting immigrant visa or adjust status after winning the lottery.

Winners who are outside are the United States have to follow the instructions of the Department of State to receive their immigrant visa and come to the United states:

The winner who are in the United States have to apply for adjustment of status in the United States. The re is no need to leave the country.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any consequences of participation in Green Card Lottery?

A: Under U.S. immigration law, some visas, for example,  F-1 visas do not allow “Dual intent“, which means that you aren’t supposed to be eligible for an F-1 visa if one can reasonably believe that you have “immigrant intent”, i.e. intend to permanently immigrate to the U.S. Entering the green card lottery could easily be seen as having immigrant intent by immigration officials, and therefore if you have (or plan on getting) an F-1 visa, entering the lottery would mean taking the risk of having your visa denied or revoked.

Q: In a DV process, there is a fee that must be paid to DOS. Is the fee receipt from DOS required to be shown at the interview but can be paid after I-485 filing, or, does the DOS fee receipt need to be shown at I-485 filing?

A: Diversity Lottery applicants for adjustment of status should present evidence confirming payment of the DOS processing fee before being approved for permanent residence. This evidence can be submitted with the application at filing, or brought to the interview.

Q: I have been randomly selected in the Diversity Visa lottery, and I submitted my Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application Form (DS-260). When will I know if I get an interview after winning the Green Card Lottery?

A:Visa interviews are scheduled in chronological order, based on Case Number (CN) and date of DS-260 form submission. Not everyone who was selected and submitted the immigration forms, will be guaranteed an interview appointment.

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