Now is the time to get the word out to all your family and friends. The DV Lottery is accepting applicants NOW!
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program has been administered annually since 2005 by the US Department of State. It allows for up to 50,000 visas to be allocated to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The program begins in October of each year when eligible applicants are able to submit an online application. A computer-generated random drawing takes place after the application submission period closes in early November.
As the goal of the program is to “diversify” our US immigration system, nationals of countries which send more than 50,000 immigrants to the US over the period of the past five years are NOT eligible. For DV-2016, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply for this reason: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
Please note the terminology of the program and the requirements for application are very specific. A “native” ordinarily means someone born within a particular country, regardless of the individual’s current country of residence or nationality. Although immigration counsel is not required in most cases, if there is any question on eligibility, or whether certain relatives should be included in the application, immigration counsel should be consulted.
Entrants for DV-2016 are advised to submit their entries early in the registration period as heavy demand may result in website delays. There is no charge for submitting an entry in the DV Program.
Online registration for the DV 2016 Program is now open and will conclude on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).
Detailed instructions on the submitting an online entry, as well as the online process to notify entrants of their selection and processing steps, is available at