UPDATED: Wednesday October 4, 2023
If you are among the millions of foreign citizens around the globe yearning to immigrate to the United States legally without a U.S. sponsor, once again you will have a chance to try your luck at getting a U.S. green card through one of the most popular immigration programs. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that it has officially opened the entry period for the 2025 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2025), better known as the visa lottery.
Foreigners interested in immigrating, if qualified, must submit their Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (DS-5501) online between noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and noon on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Entries must be submitted through the official site dvprogram.state.gov. There is no cost to enter the visa lottery.
Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays,” consular authorities advised prospective applicants in the just-released Instructions for the 2025 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. “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,” the instructions noted
Click here to apply Electronic Diversity Visa Program (state.gov)
WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE 2025 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM?
The 2025 Diversity Visa Program provides permanent resident visas or green cards to foreign citizens in countries with low immigration rates to the United States in the previous five years.
For Fiscal Year 2025, up to 55,000 green cards will be available through the visa lottery. To qualify, applicants must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements:
▪ Every foreign national can apply to the DV-2025 except natives from these countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including mainland and Hong Kong-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Venezuela and Vietnam.
▪ Applicants must meet the education or work experience requirement: Have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, or two years’ work experience over the past five years in an eligible field that requires at least two years of training
Click here to submit your application Electronic Diversity Visa Program (state.gov)