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What Is Diversity Immigrant Visa Program? (DV Lottery-2023)

What Is Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Lottery)?

Green Card Lottery, officially known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a cheap and straightforward way to enter the U.S. 500,000 have won the Lottery since 2007. The Green Card Lottery, officially, the Diversity Immigrant Visa program is enacted in section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and codified in title 8 section 1153 of the United States Code. Officially, 55,000 visas are awarded, however, each year 5,000 goes to the NACARA program, dropping the available number down to 50,000. A green card is an identification card carried by lawful permanent residents.

How the Green Card Lottery Really Works

A green card, which is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), lets you live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility
requirements to qualify for a diversity visa DV program issues 50,000 immigrant visas annually, based on the results of a random drawing. You must be eligible by country as well as by education or work experience. The online registration period for the DV Program typically runs between Oct. 1 and Nov. 3 each year. It is free to enter the lottery.33. How much does it cost to enter the Diversity Visa program? There is no fee charged to submit an electronic entry

Not Eligible Country Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Lottery)

For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than
50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and it’s dependent
territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.

How To Apply for DV Lottery Green Card from Not Eligible Country?

Eligibility:
Requirement #1: Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States
maybe eligible to enter.

If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, there
are two other ways you might be able to qualify.

#Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United
States? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth – provided that you and your spouse
are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the
The United States simultaneously.

# Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of immigration to the
The United States, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of
your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country
whose natives are eligible for the DV-2022 program. For more details on what this means, see
the Frequently Asked Questions.

Requirement #2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV
program by having either:
# at least a high school education or it’s equivalent defined as successful completion of a 12-year
the course of formal elementary and secondary education;
OR
#two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two
years of training or experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department
of Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience.

DV lottery 2023 Application Date: 

Entry period Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2022 program electronically at dvprogram.state.gov between
noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 7, 2021, and noon, Eastern
Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 10, 2021. (Date May Changed)

 

How To Apply for DV Lottery

You must provide all of the following information to complete your entry. 
1. Name – last/family name, first name, middle name – exactly as it appears on your passport. If you
have only one name, it must be entered in the last/family name field.
2. Gender – male or female.
3. Birthdate – day, month, year.
4. City where you were born.
5. Country where you were born – Use the name of the country currently used for the place where
you were born.
6. Country of eligibility for the DV program – Your country of eligibility will normally be the same
as your country of birth.
7. The passport number, country of issuance, and expiration date for your valid, unexpired
international travel passport. This requirement does not apply to dependents. You must enter
valid international travel passport information unless you meet the requirements for an exemption.
8. Entrant photograph(s) – Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your
spouse, and all your derivative children. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for compositional

9. Mailing Address – In Care Of
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
City/Town
District/Country/Province/State
Postal Code/Zip Code
Country

10. Country where you live today.
11. Phone number (optional).
12. Email address – An email address to which you have direct access,
13. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today: (1) Primary school only, (2) Some high
school, no diploma, (3) High school diploma, (4) Vocational school, (5) Some university courses,
(6) University degree, (7) Some graduate-level courses, (8) Master’s degree, (9) Some doctorallevel courses, or (10) Doctorate.

14. Current marital status: (1) Unmarried, (2) married and my spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or the U.S.
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), (3) married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR, (4)
divorced, (5) widowed, or (6) legally separated. Enter the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of
birth, and country of birth of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse meeting the same
technical specifications as your photo.

You must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your digital image must be:
# In JPEG (.jpg) file format
# Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size
# In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)
# 600×600 pixels in dimension

Eligible Country Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Lottery)

AFRICA
Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cabo Verde
The central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Djibouti
Egypt*
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
The Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

ASIA
Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel*
Japan***
Jordan*
Kuwait
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore

Sri Lanka
Syria*
Taiwan**
Thailand
Timor-Leste

United Arab Emirates
Yemen

EUROPE
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Estonia
Finland
France (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau Special Administrative Region**
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Northern Ireland***
Norway (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Poland
Portugal (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Romania
Russia****
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vatican City

** Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above and for the purposes of the diversity program only; persons
born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.
***For purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately. Northern Ireland
does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.
**** Persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan. Persons
born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia.

Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Great Britain (United
Kingdom). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British
The Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn,
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

NORTH AMERICA
The Bahamas
In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s DV program.

OCEANIA
Australia (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Federated States of
Nauru
New Zealand (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Chile
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Ecuador
Grenada
Guyana
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela

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