The DV 2025 Lottery has ended! The Lottery began on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, and ran until 5:00 pm (17 hours) GMT precisely on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Next comes the selection of ‘winners’ from qualified entries submitted by means of the official Diversity Visa Program website during the above-indicated period. The Selection Process will last several months, at the end of which the results will be made known. The date of release of the results: May 4, 2024.


The DV Lottery runs from early October to early November every year, and it is the first step in applying for immigration to the United States by means of the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program administered by the United States State Department.

Only individual ‘chargeable’ to eligible countries qualify to participate in the DV Lottery.

What’s Next?

Entrants who will be selected in May 2024 may apply for Diversity Visas as part of the DV Program.

Those who qualified to have participated, but didn’t – for one reason or the other – will not have the opportunity to do so until October 2024 when the next DV Lottery is planned.

And those who are ‘chargeable’ to an ineligible country, and who did not qualify will need to check the next Diversity Visa Program instructions before the start of the Lottery next year to know whether their country remains ineligible or not.

I wish best of success to all who participated in the just-ended DV 2025 Lottery!

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