Find out if you are eligible for the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery and how to register
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes immigrant visas available to citizens of countries with low immigration rates. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.
Learn if you are eligible for the Diversity Visa Program
The program is also known as the DV Lottery and the Green Card Lottery. It makes a limited number of immigrant visas available every year to people meeting certain eligibility requirements. These include:
Each year, the U.S. Department of State puts out a list of eligible and ineligible countries. The list of countries may change each year.
Learn more about your eligibility for the DV Lottery:
- To see the most recent list of eligible countries, follow the link under requirement #1 on page 2 of the 2025 DV Lottery instructions.
- Find out about education, employment, and passport requirements for DV Lottery eligibility.
How to register for the Diversity Visa Lottery
The dates you can register for the DV Lottery change each year. Registration for the 2025 DV Lottery was from October 4, 2023 to November 7, 2023 at 12 noon ET.
- Read the instructions for the registration process.
- Apply through the Electronic Diversity Visa Program online portal.
Keep your confirmation number in a safe place when you register for the lottery; you will need that number to check the status of your entry online. If you lose it, learn how you can recover your confirmation number.
LAST UPDATED: November 7, 2023