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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
WE WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AS YOU ENTER THE UPCOMING DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY.
To your success!