The congressionally-mandated Diversity Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year through the Diversity Visa (DV) Program, which is popularly known as the Green Card lottery or DV lottery.
The online registration period for the 2021 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2021) opens on October 1, 2019 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will close November 5, 2019 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time. If you are planning to register for the DV program, be sure to look closely at the requirements for this type of visa. Make sure you read the DV-2021 instructions carefully to find out whether you qualify to submit an entry. Entrants may be disqualified for not completing the entry form correctly or by submitting more than one entry.
People who wish to participate in the Diversity Visa Program must submit entries electronically during the registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV). There is no fee to enter the Diversity Visa Program. If a website requests that you pay a fee in order to enter the program, the website is not the official website and is likely a scam. (Please note that while there is no fee to enter the lottery, winning applicants will need to pay a visa application fee at the U.S. Embassy on the day of the interview. Do not pay application fees to any other person.)
For more information, visit the Diversity Visa Program website, and review the Diversity Visa Program Entry Instructions. These instructions must be followed exactly; failure to include all required family members in the initial entry will result in the automatic refusal of the case at the time of the interview.