THE FISCAL YEAR 2025 U.S DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY IS NOW OPEN
What is the Diversity Visa Lottery?
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program—a.k.a. the green card lottery—is a government lottery program for obtaining U.S.
Permanent Residence (green card). The program makes 50,000 visas available every year to applicants from countries
with low rates of immigration to the United States and with specific education qualifications. It provides an inexpensive
and relatively simple path to a green card, without needing sponsorship from a U.S. employer or family.
Who Can Apply?
To be eligible for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, you, your spouse, or your parent must have been born in a
country that sent less than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years. DOS publishes a full list
of the eligible countries on its website.
For the 2025 program, the following countries are not eligible to apply due to high rates of immigration to the United
- In addition to the nationality requirements, applicants must possess
at least a high school diploma or its equivalent; or
- two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. DOS
publishes a list of occupations that are eligible on their website
Non-U.S. residents seeking to obtain a green card from an eligible country may apply regardless of whether they live
in the United States or abroad. This includes foreign workers who are waiting to obtain a green card through the labor
When Can I Apply?
The entry submission period for the FY2025 Diversity Immigrant Visa program is from 12:00 pm (ET) on October 4,
2023, to 12:00 pm (ET) on November 7, 2023. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period.
In years past, the last week of the registration period saw heavy demand on DOS’s application website, causing website
delays. Therefore, submitting your application as early as possible is encouraged. The results of the DV-2025 lottery
will be available on the E-DV site as of May 4, 2024
How Do I Apply?
Entries must be submitted online through DOS’s website. Paper entries are not accepted. Online applications are free, but
visa processing fees may apply if selected. DOS releases detailed instructions on their website , which can be found here:
If you want to learn more about the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery, do not hesitate to contact our office at The Poonah Immigration Law at (678) 978-5848