How To Apply For Diversity Visa Or Green Card Lottery

The Diversity Visa Program (DV Lottery) is congressionally-mandated and allows up to 55,000 persons from nations that are historically under-represented in terms of migration to the United States of America to qualify each year for immigrant visas (Permanently live and work in the United States) which are also known as Green Cards.

The program is officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV). Some people call it the “Green Card Lottery” or “dvlottery” simply because winners are determined through random selection from among the 10–12 million people who apply each fiscal year world wide.

Almost everyone can apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery and the most amazing aspect of it is that it is free to register.Generally, there are only two but strict requirements to qualify for a U.S. DV visa;

Country of birth in accordance with current world political maps: Your country of birth must be qualified to participate in the DV Lottery. Your citizenship is not relevant in this process. The most important thing is your country of birth; in accordance with current world political maps.

Education and / or working experiences: Another qualification is your level of education. Your educational level should be at least the equivalent of an American high school diploma or must have worked for at least two years in a profession that requires a minimum of two years of training within the last five years.


The participation period of the DV program is determined each year by the US State Department. It usually starts in October and is limited to only a few weeks. This year’s online Dv Lottery registration starts on 6th October 2021 at 4pm GMT (12pm EDT) and it ends on November 9, 2021 . In order to apply for the DV lottery program for the fiscal year, applicants must submit their entries electronically on the official Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website. ( ALL applicants will be asked to submit the following information:

Last name, first name(s)

Date, place and country of birth

Mailing Address

Passport information (passport number, country of issue and expiry date)

The country where you live

Email Address

Marital status

Failure to list your eligible spouse or, listing someone who is not your spouse, will make you ineligible as the Diversity Visa principal applicant and your spouse and children will also be ineligible as Diversity Visa derivative applicants. You must list your spouse even if you currently are separated from him/her, unless you are legally separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your
eligible spouse will make you ineligible.

if applicable, information on children and spouse

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 of whether they are living with you or intend to accompany or follow to join you, should you immigrate to the United States. Submit individual photographs of each of your children using the same technical specifications as your own photograph.

Photo (of yourself and any dependents)

Your photos or digital images must be:
-In color
-In focus
-Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or -50 percent and 69 percent of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
-Taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance
-Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
-Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
-With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
-Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis-Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
-Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
-Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
-Do not wear eyeglasses.
-If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.

Highest degree of education

IMPORTANT: You may only participate once per year in the Diversity Visa Lottery! If you submit more than one form, you will be automatically disqualified.

After you successfully submit an entry, a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number will pop up on your screen. Print this confirmation screen. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation number because it is the only way you can check the status of your entry. Secondly, you will need it to obtain further instructions or schedule an interview for a visa if you are selected.

Entrant Status Check

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. All DV entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check ( using the unique confirmation number saved after submitting their dv lottery entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program.

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