The lottery is administered by the Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It makes available 55,000 immigrant visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States.
USA, Australia, and Canada Visa Lottery Applications
Qualifying Education / Work Experience and Occupations
- Check if you qualify
- Register using a valid email address
- Receive the registration number and password to your account
- Log into your account to complete/change your information
- Provide/upload photos of yourself and any co-applicant
- We will crop and resize your pictures so that they meet the diversity visa lottery requirements
- We will submit your complete and error-free application
- Check online, if you won your Diversity Visa Green-Card
When to Register
The online registration period for the DV Program typically runs between Oct. 1 and Nov. 3 each year. You should register as early as possible once it opens. If you wait until the end of the sign-up period, you could miss out due to heavy website traffic.
Note that the website usually experiences heavy traffic close to the closing date of entry. If you miss any year’s entry, you have to wait until next year to apply again. So start applying from the get-go of the lottery program.
Where and How to Apply
Registration for the green card lottery is done online on the dvlottery.state.gov website using the English-language version only. Application is made online on the DV lottery platform. The platform is quite user-friendly, and you can start and finish the application process pretty much on your own.
Beware of Scammers
There are plenty of scammers out there ready to take your money in exchange for useless or even harmful information. You may run across private websites (many of them look legitimate) that offer everything from tips on winning the green card lottery to secrets to help you “game the system.
Some even offer to help you apply all for a fee, of course. You may also receive fraudulent emails, letters, and other types of communication that try to convince you that you have been selected as a lottery winner.
Note; Entering the green card lottery is free. The drawing is random and by computer. You can only find out whether you have won by going to the www.dvlottery.state.gov website and checking to see if you are selected typically around may the following year.