The 2017 US Diversity visa lottery program is now open for application. The DV lottery is a program instituted by the US government which allows about 55,000 persons from countries which are underrepresented in terms of migration to the United States to qualify each year for immigrant visas. The program can as well be called ‘green card lottery’ since winners are determined through a random drawing from among the 10-12 million people who enter each year.
Applicants must meet the following requirements before they apply for the program;
- Qualified applicant must come from country with low rate of immigration to the US.
- Applicant must hold certificate of completion of secondary school education(comparable to the US high school diploma) or a minimum of two years of training. Note that proof of a secondary school education will be needed if a lottery participant wins a green card, but it will not be needed when submitting the lottery application.
- The applicant must list partner/spouse, if married and all children under 21 years on the DV lottery application. This does not mean that all family members have to migrate to the US. After winning, the principal applicant decides who to take along or not.
List of countries exempted from participating in the US DV lottery program
Citizens of the following countries can no longer apply for the US DV lottery program;
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, (people’s Republic of) China (mainland born, except Taiwan and Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Phillipines, South Korea, United Kingdom/Great Britain,(except Northern Ireland) and it’s dependent territories and Vietnam.
How to register for 2017 DV lottery program
Application must be submitted online with one digital photo. Applicants are permitted to submit only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be cancelled. Click this link to submit your application, https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ or click here for more information on how to apply.
The entry submission period for DV-2017 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 1, 2015 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 3, 2015. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.