THE 2022 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2022):  An overview of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is provided by the U.S. Department of State each year. According to section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), immigrants from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States are referred to as “diversity immigrants.”. The number of Diversity Visas (DV) available to applicants will be up to 55,000 in the fiscal year 2022. The DV program does not charge a registration fee.

 A diversity visa is only available for those who are selected in the program (selectees). Random computer drawings are used by the Department of State to select the selected candidates. There are six geographic regions where diversity visas are distributed, and no country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in a given year. Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland and its dependent territories), and Vietnam are not eligible for DV-2022 due to their high immigration rates in the previous five years: 

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and India DV-2022 applicants born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.  

  Requirements  

Requirements #1 It may be possible for immigrants from countries with historically low migration rates to the United States to enter the country. 

The following is a list of two other options for people who are not natives of countries with historically low immigration rates to the U.S. 

  •  Do you and your spouse come from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States? As long as you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth.   
  • Is your country of origin one that historically has low immigration rates to the United States? Are you from a state where neither your parents were born nor legally residing when you were born? If so, you may claim one of your parents’ countries of birth if it is one whose natives are eligible to participate in DV-2022. More information can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.  

Entry period 

THE 2022 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2022)

To participate in DV-2022, you must submit your entries electronically at dvprogram.state.gov between noon on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, and noon on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Eastern Standard Time (EST). It is best not to enter during the last week of the registration period, as heavy demand might cause the website to be slow. There will be no paper entries accepted. Each person can only enter once per entry period. Using sophisticated technology, the Department of State detects multiple entries. You will not be eligible for a DV if you submit more than one entry  

How to complete your DV-2022 entry electronically   

Visit dvprogram.state.gov to submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501). No incomplete entries will be accepted. Entry forms are free of charge. The online DV system is designed to work best with an updated browser, so please do not use an outdated browser (Internet Explorer 8, for example). 

For your own safety, we strongly recommend completing the entry form without the help of a “visa consultant,” “visa agent,” or any other facilitator who may offer assistance. When someone assists with your participation, it is important that you be present during the preparation process so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation. Please do not lose the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number. formation page and unique confirmation number. The entry status information you need to access the online system will not be available without this information. Don’t trust anyone who promises to keep this information for you. Your E-DV entry should also list an email account that you can access. 

More information about Diversity Visa scams can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions. You may also wish to view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program and a step-by-step guide to help you submit an entry  

DV-2022 will select how many individuals?

 Five hundred and fifty thousand Diversity Visas are available for DV-2022. In order to ensure that all of the visas are issued, more than 55,000 entries will be selected since it is likely that some of the first 55,000 persons who apply for visas will not qualify for them or will not pursue their cases to the end. The result of this is that all those selected may not be able to obtain a visa.  

  DV is not available to natives of some countries. Why is this? 

Persons not hailing from “high admission” countries may apply for DVs as a means of immigration. During the previous five years, 50,000 immigrants in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States from high admission countries. Every year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) identifies countries that are considered “high admission” and whose natives are thus ineligible to apply for the annual Diversity Visa program based on the number of family and employment immigrants admissions and adjustment of status during the previous five years. As USCIS calculates these numbers annually, there may be changes in the countries listed as eligible or non-eligible from one year to the next.