Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2024 program electronically at www.dvprogram.state.gov between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight
Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and 12:00 pm (noon),
Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows
only one entry per person during each entry period. The Department of State uses
sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Submission of more than one
entry for a person will disqualify all entries for that person
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2024 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM
The Department of State annually administers the statutorily created Diversity
Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act
(INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from
countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal
Year 2024, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to
register for the DV program.
Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict
eligibility requirements to qualify for a DV. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
For DV-2024, natives of the following countries and areas are not eligible to
apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the
United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia,
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica,
Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea),
United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent
territories, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible
Requirement #1: Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to
the United States may be eligible to enter.
If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the
United States, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.
• Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of
immigration to the United States? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s
country of birth – provided that you and your spouse are named on the
selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the
United States at the same time.
• Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of
immigration to the United States, but in which neither of your parents was
born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may
claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose
natives are eligible for the DV-2024 program. For more details on what
this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions
Requirement #2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience
requirement of the DV program by having either:
• at least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful
completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary
• two years of work experience within the past five years in an
occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to
perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of
Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work
You should not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these
After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records.
Starting May 6, 2023, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to dvprogram.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. You must use Entrant Status Check to check if you have been selected for DV-2024 and, if selected, to view instructions on how to proceed with your application.
The U.S. government will not inform you directly. Entrant Status Check is the sole source for instructions on how to proceed with your application. If you are selected and submit a visa application and required documents, you must use Entrant Status Check to check your immigrant visa interview appointment date.
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