The online registration period for the Diversity Visa Program concludes on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 12:00 PM EST.

The U.S. Diversity Visa program (DV program, also known as the “green card lottery” or “the visa lottery”) is a unique immigration initiative that has been in place since the 1990’s. This program is designed to diversify the immigrant population of the United States by providing an opportunity for individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. to obtain a visa and pursue the American Dream.

To participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery, individuals must meet specific eligibility criteria. They must be from a qualifying country, which typically excludes countries with high rates of immigration to the U.S. For the first time, individuals born in the United Kingdom and its dependent territories are eligible. Applicants must also have at least a high school education or two years of work experience in a qualifying occupation and undergo a security background check by the U.S. government. 

The application process is entirely online and free of charge. Because the demand exceeds the allocated number of slots available, individuals are chosen at random (based on allocations of available visas in each region and country) to apply for permanent residence in the United States. No preference is given to applicants based on their skills, family connections, or any other factors. This randomness ensures that individuals from various backgrounds have an equal opportunity to win and immigrate to the United States.

Winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery are allocated visas in accordance with the program’s annual quota. For Fiscal Year 2025, up to 55,000 slots are available. While the DV Lottery offers a unique opportunity for many, it also presents challenges as the application process can be highly competitive, with millions of entries each year.

The popularity of the Diversity Visa Lottery has led to various scams and fraudulent schemes targeting hopeful applicants. It is crucial for applicants to be cautious and only use the official U.S. government’s website and resources during the application process to avoid falling victim to scams.

While the path to success through the lottery may be uncertain and challenging, the opportunity to live the American dream continues to inspire people, reaffirming the belief that anything is possible in the United States.