Greencard Lottery

The Green Card Lottery, officially known as the Diversity Visa (DV) Program, is a U.S. government program that provides a limited number of immigrant visas, known as diversity visas, to individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

Participation in the DV Program is free, and the U.S. government advises individuals to be cautious of fraudulent websites or organizations claiming to assist with the application process for a fee. Visit the official U.S. Department of State website for the Diversity Visa Program for accurate and up-to-date information. The official website provides detailed instructions, information on eligibility requirements, and guidance on how to apply for the DV Program.


The DV Program is open to individuals from countries that have low rates of immigration to the United States. The eligibility is determined based on the country of birth of the applicant, not their current citizenship. The list of eligible countries may vary from year to year.

Selection Process

The DV Program uses a random lottery system to select winners. Each year, a specific number of diversity visas is allocated, and applicants must enter the lottery during the designated registration period. The selection is conducted by a computer program, and winners are chosen at random.

Application Procedure

To participate in the DV Program, applicants must submit an electronic entry form, known as the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (DS-5501), through the official DV Program website. The entry period is typically announced several months in advance and is open for a limited time.

Process after selection

Lottery winners are notified through the Entrant Status Check on the DV Program website. Selected individuals can then proceed with the visa application process, which includes submitting additional documentation, undergoing background checks, and attending an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

If all requirements are met and the visa application is approved, diversity visa recipients can immigrate to the United States and obtain lawful permanent residency (green card status) for themselves and their eligible family members.

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