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Diversity Visa Lottery

The Department of State has an annual diversity visa lottery for immigration to the U.S. This program is commonly called the “Green Card Lottery” and the “Visa Lottery” Program.

Under this program, up to 55,000 immigrants can enter the U.S. each year from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

WARNING: The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State website during the specified and limited-time registration period. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.

Important Notice: DV 2015 Program - Online registration for the DV 2015 Program began on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

Please click DV lottery for detailed application instructions.


Diversity Visa Fraud Warning

  • Scam Alert

Internet Scam

  • Some websites and emails try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites. These websites are designed to appear official, and often have images of the U.S. flag, U.S. Capitol, White House, or Statue of Liberty.

    What these websites and emails are missing is the “.gov” suffix on their addresses.  Remember that anything that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect. 

    If you wish to file a complaint about internet fraud, please visit, which is a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. You can also visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website. To file a complaint about unsolicited email, contact the Department of Justice. To learn more about Diversity Visa related fraud, please visit the Scam Alert! page on