The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery
To increase the diversity of our immigrant population, the United States allocates 50,000 immigrant visas annually for natives of countries with relatively low immigration rates. Those wishing to enter the diversity visa (DV) Lottery for a chance to pursue an immigrant visa must apply during a specified period.
There are very specific qualifications and rules for the visa lottery, and only those born in low-immigration countries may apply. The list of countries changes from year to year based on immigration rates during the previous five years.
Please note that individuals from eligible countries who are currently caught in a family- or employment-based immigration backlog may want to take advantage of the DV Lottery, since those currently in the U.S. (legally) or already registered for another kind of immigrant visa are eligible to apply.
NEW! Entering the 2018 DV Lottery (open from October 4, 2016 to November 7, 2016)
Because some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not qualify for visas or pursue their cases all the way to visa issuance, more than 50,000 individuals will be selected to ensure that all of the available diversity visas are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected.
Once the selectees have been notified, visa applications are accepted according to lottery position and region. The State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin provides information on which selectees may apply for their visas in the upcoming month.
There are quite a number of pitfalls a person may encounter when filling out the DV Lottery application form. Answering a question incorrectly – even if it is accidental – will unfortunately lead to a disqualification.
For over 20 years, Immigration Law Associates has offered expert assistance to eligible individuals and their family members in filing complete and accurate lottery applications. For their convenience, our attorneys and staff speak English, Polish, Farsi, Korean, and Spanish. Many of our clients are local, but we are also able to file entries on behalf of those living abroad.
We also help many selectees complete the visa application process to facilitate their adjustment of status or entry into the U.S. as Permanent Residents.
DV Lottery: now that you’ve been selected
Frequently Asked Questions about the DV Lottery