Immigrant Visa Lottery
Update published March/3/2021
The Year 2021, DV-2025 Entrants may enter their confirmation information
through the link below starting at noon (EDT) on May, 8, 2023. The DV-2025
registration period opens on October 7, 2021, and closes on November 10,
2021. DV-2025 Entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least
September 30, 2023.
The annual DV program makes permanent residence visas available to
persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements.
Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated
random "lottery" drawing. The visas, however, are distributed among
six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to
regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to
citizens of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the
U.S. in the past five years. Within each region, no one country may
receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in
any one year.
Green Card US GLOBAL is now accepting applications for the eDV-2025
Green Card Lottery. You are encouraged to apply
Education or Training: An applicant must have EITHER a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. If the applicant cannot meet these requirements, he or she should NOT submit an entry to the DV program.
The term "country" in this notice includes countries, economies and
other jurisdictions explicitly listed under "List of Countries "
PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING AN ENTRY TO eDV-2025 The Green Card US
GLOBAL will only accept completed Electronic Diversity Visa Entry
Forms submitted electronically at our website during the
registration period beginning on January and ending November 5,
2023. All entries by an applicant will be disqualified if more than
ONE entry for the applicant is received, regardless of who submitted
the entry. Applicants may prepare and submit their own entries, or
have someone submit the entry for them. Successfully registered
entries will result in the display of a confirmation screen
containing the applicant's name, date of birth, country of
chargeability, and a date/time stamp. The applicant may print this
confirmation screen for his/her records using the print function of
their web browser. Paper entries will not be accepted. The entry
will be disqualified if all required photos are not submitted.
Recent photographs of the applicant and his/her spouse and each
child under 21 years of age, including all natural children as well
as all legally-adopted and stepchildren (except a child who is
already a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident), even if a
child no longer resides with the applicant or is not intended to
immigrate under the DV program, must be submitted electronically
with the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. Group or family
photos will not be accepted; there must be a separate photo for each
SELECTION OF APPLICANTS
In order to actually receive a visa, applicants selected in the random drawing must meet ALL eligibility requirements under U.S. law. Processing of entries and issuance of diversity visas to successful applicants and their eligible family members MUST occur by midnight on September 30, 2024. Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow to join the applicant in the U.S. after this date. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DV REGISTRATION
- 1. WHAT DOES THE TERM "NATIVE" MEAN? ARE THERE
ANY SITUATIONS IN WHICH PERSONS WHO WERE NOT BORN IN A QUALIFYING
COUNTRY MAY APPLY? "Native" ordinarily means someone born in a
particular country, regardless of the individual's current country
of residence or nationality. But for immigration purposes "native"
can also mean someone who is entitled to be "charged" to a country
other than the one in which he/she was born under the provisions of
Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. For example,
if a principal applicant was born in a country that is not eligible
for this year's DV program, he/she may claim "chargeability" to the
country where his/her derivative spouse was born, but he/she will
not be issued a DV-1 unless the spouse is also eligible for and
issued a DV-2, and both must enter the U.S. together on the DVs. In
a similar manner, a minor dependent child can be "charged" to a
parent's country of birth. Finally, any applicant born in a country
ineligible for this year's DV program can be "charged" to the
country of birth of either parent as long as neither parent was a
resident of the ineligible country at the time of the applicant's
birth. In general, people are not considered residents of a country
in which they were not born or legally naturalized if they are only
visiting the country temporarily or stationed in the country for
business or professional reasons on behalf of a company or
- 2. ARE THERE ANY CHANGES OR NEW REQUIREMENTS IN
- 3. PHOTOGRAPHS REQUIRED FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER,
OR ONLY FOR THE PRINCIPAL APPLICANT?
Recent and individual photos of the applicant, his/her spouse and all children under 21 years of age are required. Family or group photos are not accepted. Check the information on the photo requirements on page 2 of this bulletin.
- 4. WHY DO NATIVES OF CERTAIN COUNTRIES NOT QUALIFY FOR THE DIVERSITY PROGRAM? Diversity visas are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons from countries other than the countries, which send large numbers of immigrants to the U.S. The law states that no diversity visas shall be provided for natives of "high admission" countries. The law defines this to mean countries from which a total of 50,000 persons in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States during the previous five years. Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adds the family and employment immigrant admission figures for the previous five years in order to identify the countries whose natives must be excluded from the annual diversity lottery. Because there is a separate determination made before each annual DV entry period, the list of countries whose natives do not qualify may change from one year to the next.
- 5. WHAT IS THE NUMERICAL LIMIT FOR eDV-2025? By law, the U.S. diversity immigration program makes available a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence visas each year to eligible persons. However, the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning as early as DV-99, and for as long as necessary, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. The actual reduction of the limit to 50,000 began with DV-1999 and remains in effect for the eDV-2025 program.
- 6. WHAT ARE THE REGIONAL DIVERSITY VISA (DV) LIMITS FOR eDV-2025 ? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines the DV regional limits for each year according to a formula specified in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Once the USCIS has completed the calculations, the regional visa limits will be announced.
- 7. WHEN WILL ENTRIES FOR THE eDV-2025 PROGRAM
BE ACCEPTED? The eDV-2025 entry period will begin on January and
will end by November 5, 2023. Each year millions apply for the
program during the registration period. The massive volume of
entries creates an enormous amount of work in selecting and
processing successful applicants. Holding the entry period during
October through December will ensure successful applicants are
notified in a timely manner, and gives both them and our embassies
and consulates time to prepare and complete entries for visa
issuance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to enter early in the
registration period. Excessive demand at end of the registration
period may slow the system down. No entries whatsoever will be
accepted after noon EST, November 5, 2023.
- 9. IS it EACH APPLICANT LIMITED TO ONLY ONE ENTRY DURING THE ANNUAL DV REGISTRATION PERIOD? Yes, the law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period; applicants for whom more than one entry is submitted will be disqualified. The Department of State will employ sophisticated technology and other means to identify individuals that submit multiple entries during the registration period. Applicants submitting more than one entry will be disqualified and an electronic record will be permanently maintained by the Department of State. Applicants may apply for the program each year during the regular registration period.
- 10. MAY A HUSBAND AND A WIFE EACH
SUBMIT A SEPARATE ENTRY? Yes, a husband and a wife may
each submit one entry if each meets the eligibility
requirements. If either were selected, the other would
be entitled to derivative status.
- 15. MAY WINNING APPLICANTS ADJUST THEIR STATUS
eDV-2025 program will be available after midnight on November 5, 2023 under any circumstances.
- 16. WILL APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT SELECTED BE INFORMED? No, applicants who are not selected will receive no response to their entry. Only those who are selected will be informed. All notification letters are sent within about five to seven months from the end of the application period to the address indicated on the entry. Since there is no notification provided to those not selected, anyone who does not receive a letter about five to seven months from the end of the registration period should assume that his/her application has not been selected.
- 17. HOW MANY APPLICANTS WILL BE SELECTED? There are 50,000 DV visas available for eDV-2025 , but more than that number of individuals will be selected. Because it is likely that some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not qualify for visas or pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 50,000 entries will be selected by the Kentucky Consular Center to ensure that all of the available DV visas are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected. All applicants who are selected will be informed promptly of their place on the list. Interviews with those selected will begin in early October 2023. The Kentucky Consular Center will send appointment letters to selected applicants four to six weeks before the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular officers at overseas posts. Each month visas will be issued, visa number availability permitting, to those applicants who are ready for issuance during that month. Once all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued, the program for the year will end. In principle, visa numbers could be finished before September 30, 2024 . Selected applicants who wish to receive visas must be prepared to act promptly on their cases. Random selection by the Kentucky Consular Center computer does not automatically guarantee that you will receive a visa.
- 18. IS THERE some MINIMUM AGE FOR APPLICANTS TO APPLY FOR THE DV PROGRAM? There is no minimum age to apply for the program, but the requirement of a high school education or work experience for each principal applicant at the time of application will effectively disqualify most persons who are under age 18. 19. ARE THERE ANY FEES FOR THE DV PROGRAM? A special DV case processing fee will be payable later by persons whose entries are actually selected and processed at a U.S. consular section for this year's program. DV applicants, like other immigrant visa applicants, must also pay the regular visa fees at the time of visa application. Details of required fees will be included with the instructions sent by the Kentucky Consular Center to applicants who are selected.
- 20. ARE DV APPLICANTS SPECIALLY ENTITLED TO APPLY FOR A WAIVER OF ANY OF THE GROUNDS OF VISA INELIGIBILITY? No. Applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility for immigrant visas specified in the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa ineligibility other than those ordinarily provided in the Act.
- 21. MAY PERSONS WHO ARE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR AN IMMIGRANT VISA IN ANOTHER CATEGORY APPLY FOR THE DV PROGRAM? Yes, such persons may apply for the DV program.
- 22. HOW LONG DO APPLICANTS WHO ARE SELECTED REMAIN ENTITLED TO APPLY FOR VISAS IN THE DV CATEGORY? Persons selected in the eDV-2025 lottery are entitled to apply for visa issuance only during fiscal year 2023, i.e., from October 2023 through September 2024. Applicants must obtain the DV visa or adjust status by the end of the Fiscal Year (September 30, 2024). There is no carry-over of DV benefits into the next year for persons who are selected but who do not obtain visas during FY-2024. Also, spouses and children who derive status from a eDV-2025 registration can only obtain visas in the DV category between October 2023 and September 30, 2024. Applicants who apply overseas will receive an appointment letter from the Kentucky Consular Center four to six weeks before the scheduled appointment.
- 23. WHEN WILL E-DV ONLINE BE
AVAILABLE? Online entry will become available from
January and will end on November 5, 2021.
- 26. CAN I SAVE THE FORM ON-LINE SO
THAT I CAN FILL OUT PART AND THEN COME BACK LATER AND
COMPLETE THE REMAINDER? No, this cannot be done. The
E-DV Entry Form is designed to be completed and
submitted at one time electronically. However, because
the form is in two parts, and because of possible
network interruptions and delays, the E-DV system is
designed to handle up to sixty (60) minutes between
downloading of the form and when the entry is received
at the E-DV web site after being submitted online. If
more than sixty minutes elapses, and the entry has not
been electronically received, the information received
so far is discarded. This is done so that there is no
possibility that a full entry could accidentally be
interpreted as a duplicate of a previous partial entry.
For example, suppose an applicant with a wife and child
sends a filled in E-DV Entry Form Part One and then
receives Form Part Two, but there is a delay before
sending Part Two because of trouble finding the file
that holds the child's photograph. If the filled in Form
Part Two is sent by the applicant and received by the
e-DV website within sixty (60) minutes then there is no
problem, but if the Form Part Two is received after
sixty (60) minutes has elapsed then the applicant will
be informed that they need to start over for the entire
entry. The eDV-2025 instructions explain clearly and
completely what information needs to be gathered to fill
in the form. This way you can be fully prepared, making
sure you have all of the information needed, before you
start to complete the form on-line.
- 28. WILL THE ELECTRONIC CONFIRMATION NOTICE THAT THE COMPLETED E-DV ENTRY FORM HAS BEEN RECEIVED THROUGH THE ONLINE SYSTEM BE SENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUBMISSION? The response from the E-DV website which contains confirmation of the receipt of an acceptable E-DV Entry Form is sent by the e-DV website immediately, but how long it takes the response to reach the sender is unpredictable due to the nature of the Internet. If many minutes have elapsed since pressing the 'Submit' button there is no harm in pressing the 'Submit' button a second time. The e-DV system will not be confused by a situation where the 'Submit' button is hit a second time because no confirmation response has been received. An applicant can try to submit an application as many times as is necessary until a complete application is received and the confirmation notice sent. LIST OF COUNTRIES BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES QUALIFY The lists below show the countries whose natives are QUALIFIED within each geographic region for this diversity program. The determination of countries within each region is based on information provided by the Geographer of the Department of State. The countries whose natives do not qualify for the eDV-2025 program were identified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. The countries whose natives do NOT qualify for this diversity program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based immigration, or "high admission" countries) are noted after the respective regional lists.
LIST OF COUNTRIES BY REGION WHOSE
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Natives of the following Asian countries do not qualify
for this year's diversity program: China
[mainland-born], India, Pakistan, South Korea,
Philippines, and Vietnam. The Hong Kong S.A.R and Taiwan
do qualify and are listed above. Macau S.A.R. also
qualifies and is listed below.
LIST OF COUNTRIES BY REGION WHOSE
Natives of the following European countries do not qualify for this year's diversity program: Great Britain, Poland and Russia. Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas. LIST OF COUNTRIES BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES QUALIFY NORTH AMERICA The Bahamas In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico do not qualify for this year's diversity program.
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the Year of 2021, Applicant Entrant Status Check;
DV-2025 Entrants may enter their confirmation information through the following link >>>
starting at noon (EDT) on 2023. The DV-2025 registration period opens on January, 2023, and closes on November 5, 2023.
DV-2025 Entrants should enter and keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2024.
On an unpublicized date following the end of this year's
lottery period, a computer will randomly select applications
from among all the qualified applications received. If
your application is selected, you will be sent a
notification letter that provides further instructions and
contains information on fees connected with immigration to
the United States. (Spouses and unmarried children of
successful applicants under age 21 may also apply for visas
to accompany or follow to join the successful applicant.)
Winners who are living abroad will be instructed to file a
formal application at the nearest US consular office; those
already living in the US will be instructed to apply at the
nearest branch of the Immigration & Naturalization Service
(INS) for a change of status. All notification letters
will be sent start on late May 2023. Only winners will
be contacted. US embassies and consulates will not be
able to provide a list of successful applicants.
The online registration period for the eDV-2025 Program will
begin on January and will end at noon EST on November
5, 2023. The Green Card US GLOBAL is now accepting
Registration for the eDV-2025 Year around Green Card Lottery
Activation. You are encouraged to activate early to ensure
your registration in the lottery.
Register now > 55,000 DV visas are available in Fiscal Year 2024, but more than that number of applicants will be selected in the lottery drawing. A total of about 90,000 applicants, both principal applicants and their spouses and children, will be selected. Since it is likely that some of the first 55,000 applicants who are selected will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure will ensure the use of all available eDV-2025 visas, but it also risks some registrants being left out. Being selected a winner in the visa lottery does not automatically guarantee issuance of a visa. All applicants that are selected will be informed promptly of their selection. Each month, visas will be issued (visa number availability permitting) to those applicants who have appropriately responded to their notification and are ready for issuance during that month. Once all of the Fiscal Year 2024 visas have been issued, the program for the year will end. Therefore, selected applicants must be prepared to act immediately when informed of their successful lottery entries. Processing of entries and issuance of diversity visas to successful applicants and their eligible family members must occur by September 30, 2024. Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow to join the applicant in the US after this date. We are always excited to learn of our clients' success stories. If you are selected a winner in this year's Green Card Lottery, please let us know! eDV-2025 Information Green Card US GLOBAL is now accepting applications for the eDV-2025 Green Card Lottery. You are encouraged to apply early to ensure your registration in the lottery. Register now >
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