Diversity Visa Lottery Program

The congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State to provide for a new class of immigrants known as diversity immigrants (DV immigrants). Up to 55,000 permanent resident visas are given out annually to individuals from countries with low immigration rates to the United States.

The annual DV program makes permanent residence visas available to individuals meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated random lottery drawing. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions; within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.

DV-2022 Entry Period: The online registration period for the DV-2022 Program begins on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).

IMPORTANT: Please read the DV-2022 Entry Instructions carefully.  Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period or who do not complete the “entry page” correctly will be disqualified.

For detailed instructions regarding the DV-2022 Program, please see: https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2022-Instructions-Translations/DV-2022-Instructions-English.pdf (PDF 565 KB)

SUBMIT: to submit an entry for the Diversity Visa Lottery please visit the State Department’s Diversity Visa program website