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 2014 Program - Registration for DV 2014 is now closed - additional entries cannot be accepted. Online registration for the DV-2014 Program began on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). DV-2014 entrants will be able to check the status of their entries as of May 1, 2013 through Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website.
Please click DV lottery for detailed application instructions.
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 econsumer.gov, 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 state.travel.gov