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Diversity Visa Lottery 2016

"Green Card Lottery"

The United States Department of State has announced the Diversity Visa Lottery for 2016 (DV2016). This program is sometimes referred to as the “Green Card Lottery.” Each year this program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas available through a lottery to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

To qualify, applicants must have either a high school education or its equivalent, or be able to meet minimum training requirements. Each applicant must also be able to show that they were born in a country eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa Lottery.

  • Entries for the Diversity Visa Lottery must be submitted electronically between Wednesday noon, EDT on October 1, 2014 until Monday noon, EST November 2, 2014
  • Applicants may access the electronic diversity visa entry form online.
  • Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early and not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in delays.
  • No entries will be accepted after Monday noon, EDT on November 2, 2014.

There is no fee to register for DV2016. Applicants do not need assistance to enter the Diversity Lottery Program, but the decision to hire an attorney or consultant is entirely up to the applicant. The selection of winners is made at random; no outside service can improve an applicant’s chances of being chosen or guarantee an entry will win.

For more information on DV2016 and complete instructions, refer to the Department of State’s website for instructions free of charge.