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Diversity Visa Lottery

The Diversity Visa Program

2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program - The Green Card Lottery

Diversity Visa Program

The entry period for the U.S. Diversity Visa-2017 (DV) opened on Thursday, October 1, 2015, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  DV entries are accepted ONLY through the E-DV site,, which has complete instructions.  There is no paper application.  There is no fee to enter.  Applicants should not send money or pay money in advance to any third party promising to help them win a Diversity Visa. 

Applicants should enter their own information at and not rely on other people or agencies.  Agents may make mistakes, leave information blank, or submit duplicate entries.  All of these actions may disqualify an applicant, even after they have being selected as a lottery winner.  It is important for the applicant to enter their own information and follow all instructions. 

All applicants receive an immediate online confirmation page when they submit their entry.  It is very important for applicants to keep a record of their unique confirmation number until at least September 30, 2017.  The confirmation number is the only way to check whether an entry has been selected and to obtain visa application and appointment information, if selected.  The unique confirmation number helps to protect DV entrants against fraud, malfeasance, and problems with the mail.  Unscrupulous visa facilitators have been known to assist applicants with their entries, retain the confirmation page, and then demand more money in exchange for information on the entry.  Applicants can avoid this by ensuring they receive their confirmation number at the time of application entry.

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What does a diversity visa entitle me to? Will the U.S. government help me find work?

If you are issued a diversity visa (DV), you can live and work in the United States. However, the U.S. government will not pay for your airfare, find you a place to live or find you work.

Do I have to fill out my own entry or can someone else submit it for me?

You may have someone submit the entry for you, but you should be cautious if the assistant tries to charge you a fee.  You remain responsible for ensuring that your information is correct and complete.  You will be able to check the status of their entries through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.  You should never allow others to retain your confirmation page information! You should hold on to it yourself so you may independently check the status of your entry.

If I am selected, how will I be informed?

Successful entrants are not notified by email, phone, or letter of the status of their E-DV online entry.  Any email, phone call, or letter claiming to notify entrants they have been selected for the DV program is not legitimate.  Entrants can only access information on their application through the online Entrant Status Check with their confirmation number at

If I am chosen as a selectee for the Diversity Visa, what does that mean?

Being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee that you will receive a visa.  Selection merely means that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa, and if your rank number becomes eligible for final processing, potentially to be issued a DV. 

How much does it cost to enroll in the Diversity Visa Program?

There is no cost to enroll in the program. If selected, you will pay visa fees at the embassy when you have your interview. Beware of scams related to payment of diversity visa fees! The U.S. government will NEVER ask you to pay via check or wire transfer.

Can I enter more than once to increase my chances of winning?

No! If you enter more than once you will be disqualified.


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