The 2018 US Diversity visa lottery program is now open for application!!! The Diversity Visa lottery program is a program instituted by the US government that allows about 55,000 individuals from countries that are underrepresented in terms of migration to the United States to qualify each year for immigrant visas. The DV lottery program can also 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 for the DV lottery program must meet the following requirements;
- 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 are not allowed to participate in the 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
The mode of application is online. 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-2018 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 4, 2016 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 7, 2016.