How To Enter The Diversity Visa Lottery

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

Qualification Criteria

Before we elaborate on how that is done, make sure you qualify to submit an entry during the current/upcoming Lottery. Review the following 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 ELIGIBLEe 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.

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 if you are a native of one of the above-listed countries.

Now, let me elaborate on what it entails to enter the DV Lottery.

DV Lottery Steps

You register for the Diversity Visa Lottery by filling in an electronic form on the official DV website ONLY during the Entry period (see explanation below).

For about eleven months (early November to early October the following year), the Entry form IS NOT available on the website. Meaning you CAN NOT register for the Lottery during that period.

An overall view of the various steps included in the Diversity Visa program is presented here. And for detailed instructions, as well as the rules and regulations governing the Lottery, click here.

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 is known as the Entry period.

A couple of weeks to the start of the Entry period, the website publishes information regarding the upcoming Lottery. It is in this publication you get to know whether or not natives of your country are eligible to enter the Lottery for 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 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, you click the submit button, and automatically, you will be presented with a unique entry submission confirmation page which you would have to print out or record information from, because that is what you will need, to know whether 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.

And in case you are in need of an entity to guide you through the technicalities involved, and submit your entry on your behalf, we are available to assist you in that light, for a minimal fee.


To your success!

6 thoughts on “How To Enter The Diversity Visa Lottery

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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