“When will the next DV Lottery be?”

“When will be the next DV Lottery?; I want to apply.” Such is a recent preoccupation of many of our readers and followers. I’m therefore writing this brief article in response to their queries regarding the upcoming DV Lottery which I’ve summarized in the following points:

Will there be DV-2021 Lottery?

Although we’re in 2021, it’s actually DV-2023 Lottery (not 2021). And yes, there will be.

Have the dates been announced?

No, not yet! The instructions for the upcoming Lottery will contain the exact dates.

But when can we expect it to be?

As is the norm, the DV Lottery is held from early October to early November every year. All things being constant, the upcoming one is expected to start during the first week of October, quite likely on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Have the instructions been published?

No, not yet. Expect them anytime between September 15th and 30th.

What to expect in the instructions

The DV Program instructions hardly change from one year to another. And when they do, quite often, the change surrounds the list of eligible/ineligible countries. There may be a few countries added to or removed from that list. Apart from that, it’s generally ‘business as usual’.

Can I apply?

Yes, you can, provided you meet the eligibility criteria. The soon-to-be published Lottery instructions will confirm whether your country is eligible.

How to apply

This article provides some insight into how to apply or enter the DV Lottery. Read the comments – in addition – for answers to questions you may have, or leave yours in case you need more answers.

As usual, we will publish all relevant information on this site as news about the upcoming Lottery unfolds.

Wishing you all the best as we await the release of the 2023 Program instructions and the consequent start of the DV-2023 Lottery.

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