Diversity Visa Lottery Period Has Begun

Every year, the Diversity Visa (DV) makes 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) available to applicants from countries that typically have low United States immigration rates. The applicants must meet certain requirements, but do not need a sponsor. For those who meet these requirements (click here for qualifiers and instructions), DV applications may be filled out here, and are awarded in a lottery-style format after the final submission date, November 8, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Multiple applications are not allowed. Individuals from the following countries are NOT eligible for the 2024 program:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (also Hong Kong), SAR, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland and its dependent territories), Venezuela and Vietnam.

Natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan ARE eligible. It is possible to apply based on a spouse’s country of birth.

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