Each year, the Diversity Lottery (DV) Program makes 55,000 immigrant visas available through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Of such visas, 5,000 are allocated for use under NACARA beginning with DV ’99. The State Department (DOS) holds the lottery every year, and randomly selects approximately 110,000 applicants from all qualified entries.
The DOS selects the approximately 110,000 applications since many will not complete the visa process.
However once 55,000 are issued or the fiscal year ends, the DV program is closed.
If you receive a visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program you will be authorized to live and work permanently in the United State and will also be allowed to bring your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States.
Entering the Diversity Visa Lottery
You cannot enter the Diversity Visa Lottery through the USCIS website or by filing any application with USCIS.
The program is managed by the U.S. Department of State.
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements.
A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas.
The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the past five years.
Within each region, no single country may receive more than 7 percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.
The Department of State implemented the electronic registration system beginning with DV-2005 in order to make the Diversity Visa process more efficient and secure.
The Department utilizes special technology and other means to identify those who commit fraud for the purposes of illegal immigration or those who submit multiple entries.
Diversity Visa Registration Period
The U.S. State Department will announce the registration period for the DV-2011 Program later this year.
We will update our website when the State Department announces the registration period and publishes the list of countries eligible for this year’s program.