DV Lottery: How To Enter

Hi, and welcome to this very important page on our website. If you are reading this article, it’s probably because you’re interested in being a part of the Diversity Visa program and possibly apply for a United States Diversity Immigrant visa.

The first step to be a part of the Diversity Visa program is to enter the Diversity Visa Lottery. To enter in the DV Lottery, you must first be eligible. Read the following qualification criteria to know if you are eligible to participate in (or ‘enter’) the current/upcoming Lottery.

You may also visit our Services page for relevant Diversity Visa services.

Qualification Criteria

1 . You MUST have been born in a country whose natives are CURRENTLY eligible. (Not all countries’ natives are eligible to enter the DV Lottery every year.)

Below is the list of countries whose natives are currently NOT ELIGIBLE to enter the DV Lottery:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

(Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are currently eligible.)

Note: Depending on whether a country had more than 50,000 of its citizens immigrate to the United States in the previous five years or not, the State Department may add that country to or remove it from the above list, repectively. In some years, however, the list of ineligible countries remains unchanged.

2. You MUST HAVE COMPLETED high school (secondary school) or MUST HAVE WORKED in an occupation which requires at least two years of training or experience (according to U.S. Department of Labor’s standards) during the last 5 years.

(3.) (recently added) You MUST be in possession of a valid unexpired passport.

Meeting all the above conditions qualifies you to enter the Lottery.

Note: You may not have been born in a country whose natives are currently eligible, but still qualify, provided you meet one of the following conditions:

  1. If you are married, and your spouse was born in an “eligible” country; then you become eligible by means of your  spouse’s country of birth; or
  2. If neither of your parents was born in YOUR country of birth (the country that “disqualifies” you, but rather in an “eligible” country), and they were not legally resident in YOUR country of birth at the time of your birth.

One of the above conditions could make you eligible to enter the DV Lottery in case you are a native of one of the above-listed (ineligible) countries.

Now, let me elaborate on what it entails to enter (or participate in) the DV Lottery.

DV Lottery Steps

You participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery by filling out and submitting an electronic form on the official DV website ONLY during the Entry period.

For about eleven months (early November to early October the following year), the Entry form IS NOT available on the website. Meaning the Lottery is not administered during that period.

The Entry Period

The remaining little-over-a-month period (it usually starts on a date in early October and ends a few days after that same date in November) is when the form is available, and you can enter the Lottery. That time of the year is known as the Entry period.

A couple of weeks to the start of the Entry period, the official DV website publishes information regarding the upcoming Lottery, including the dates of the Entry period. It is in that publication you get to know whether or not those born in your country are eligible to enter the Lottery that year.

The Form

The Entry form allows you to type in personal information, including name (last; first; and middle, if any), gender, date and place of birth, passport information, address, phone number, email, educational level, marital status, and number of children below 21 years, for yourself; and a few of the above, for all other family members that the DV program regulations allow you to enter the Lottery with, in case that applies. Some fields on the electronic DV form have options you have to choose from.

The Photo

As part of the form-filling process, you will have to upload a digital photo taken within the previous six months, for each family member, which should strictly observe certain technicalities.

Moreover, the person in each photo must observe strict rules relating to head position, eye contact, background, etc. for the entry to be acceptable. The photo is a major factor for disqualification of a lot of entries.

Your Confirmation Page

Once you’ve completed the form, click the SUBMIT button, and the form will be replaced on the screen by your entry submission confirmation page. Print out that page (or record information from it – especially your CONFIRMATION NUMBER), because you will need it to get to know if you were selected or not in the month of May the following year when the results are published on the same website.

Our Intervention

In case information on the above-mentioned website seems overwhelming (Note: It is not possible to ask questions or leave comments on the official website), leave your questions below; we will provide you with relevant answers.

Or you need a reputable entity to guide you through the technicalities involved, and possibly submit your entry on your behalf; or assist you in any other aspect of the Diversity Visa program, don’t hesitate to consult our Services page. There, you will find products which span the entire Diversity Visa process.

WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK AS YOU ENTER THE UPCOMING DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY!

6 thoughts on “DV Lottery: How To Enter

  1. i cannot continue with the application due to the fact that the site is busy …what should i do now?
    i got this response at the end .
    what does this mean ? is my entry done or not ?

    Confirm form resubmission
    This webpage requires data that you entered earlier in order to be properly displayed. You can send this data again, but by doing so you will repeat any action this page previously performed. Press Reload to resend that data and display this page

    1. Hi Haya:

      Such a response indicates that your entry was NOT submitted.

      As you rightly said, the site was very busy at the time you tried submitting. In such situation, DO NOT refresh the page or use the back button. Instead, close the tab you’ve been working in, open a new tab and start the process all over. If you get the same response repeatedly, withdraw and try submitting some time later.

  2. My wish n prayer is that I qualify for the next upcoming diversity visa lottery. Thanks for the move.

    1. Thank you as well, John. You can always stop by to ascertain information about the DV Lottery. Wish you best of success for the upcoming one.

      1. Is this address (address removed) officiated for checking results for this current program running of the 2020 . thank you.

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