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2025 US Diversity Visa Lottery

2025 US Diversity Visa Lottery Opens October 4

The U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery is Now Open for the 2025 Fiscal Year
Registration opens October 4, 2023 – November 7, 2023, for the FY2025 Diversity Visa lottery to grant Green Cards to more than 50,000 randomly selected people from around the world. The “Green Card Lottery” was established in 1990 and annually awards up to 50,000 United States Legal Permanent Resident Visas to applicants whose country of origin has had low immigration rates to the U.S. in the last five years. The program’s goal is to diversify the immigrant population in the United States. 20 million people apply for a Diversity Visa every year.

Facts About the 2025 US Diversity Visa Lottery

  • Registration for the Diversity Visa Program is free.
  • To be eligible for this program, the applicant will need to have a high school education or its equivalent, and two years of qualifying work experience.
  • To enter the Green Card Lottery you must complete the dvprogram.state.gov online form.
  • Citizens of 18 countries are not eligible for the Visa Diversity Lottery
  • The lottery registration closes on Tuesday, November 7 at noon.
  • The State Department recommends applying as soon as possible to prevent website issues.
  • Applicants selected for the 2025 Diversity Visa Program must file a separate application beginning on October 1, 2024.
  • Selections will be made in May 2024 and will be announced by the Department of State at dvprogram.state.gov/ESC.
  • Selection for the Diversity Visa Program makes individuals eligible to apply for an immigrant visa but does not guarantee an interview or a visa will be issued.

Lottery winners are randomly selected based on their country of origin and will be announced beginning May 2024 via the Entrant Status Check link on the Diversity Visa webpage

AILA Diversity Visa Lottery Flyer

The American Immigration Lawyers Association flyer has additional information for anyone interested in the 2025 Diversity Visa Lottery.


AILA Diversity Visa Lottery Flyer


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