This year USA Visa Lottery Program is called DV-2019/20 (the year successful applicants may enter the United States of America on the green card they won) and is now open to all individuals worldwide who meet two basic entry requirements. Note that Canada and Australia do not offer visa lottery programs.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa is a lottery program administered by the United States (U.S.) government Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The USA VISA Lottery application is limited, and it is conducted once a year. Only specified eligible countries and applicants are qualified to apply. What this means is that if your country of origin does not qualify for American VISA Lottery 2019/2020, you are automatically ineligible.
The diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions. More USA Visa Lottery are given to the regions that had lower rates of immigration. Also, if a particular country sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. within past five years, the citizens of that country are not eligible to participate in the green card lottery.
With each geographical region, no single country may receive more than seven percent (3,500) of the
available DVs in any one fiscal year.
Currently, around 80% of the diversity visas are received by Africa and Europe.
Qualifying Education / Work Experience and Occupations
- Check if you qualify
- Register using a valid email address
- Receive 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 photos 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
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.
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.
If you miss any years entry you have to wait till the next year to apply again. Note that the website usually experience heavy traffic on the close to the closing date of entry. 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 done 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 www.dvlottery.state.gov website and check to see if you are selected typically around may the following year.