The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program registration period is only open for a short time each fiscal year.
Since the DV-2023 applicants have already been chosen, the US Department of State has opened the DV-2024 to new registrations.
Please take note that registration for the green card lottery typically takes place between the months of October and November two years in advance.
Typically, applicants are informed of the status of their applications via the US Department of State website, whether they were successful or not (you are given a unique application code which you use for login).
During the designated registration period, all applications must be filed online using the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website. Late submissions and paper submissions are not accepted.
Only one application must be submitted per person or per registration term. To identify multiple submissions, the Department of State employs advanced technology. You will be eliminated if you submit multiple entries.
You will get a confirmation screen with your name and a special confirmation number after submitting a complete entry. The confirmation screen must be printed for your records.
You must keep track of your confirmation number. You can only do so to see the progress of your entry, and you’ll need it to get more information.
You must keep track of your confirmation number. If you are chosen, you will need it to schedule a visa interview and to get further instructions. It is also the only way to check the status of your entry.
Most essential, keep in mind that there is absolutely no cost to sign up for the lottery for green cards.
The US Department of State advises applicants to fill out the admission forms alone, without assistance from “Visa Consultants,” “Visa Agents,” or other intermediaries who promise to do so.
If applicants receive assistance from another person, it is advised that they be there when the entry is created so that they may provide the questions the proper answers, keep the confirmation page, and record their own confirmation number.