Registration opened October 6 for the FY2023 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 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.
To enter the Green Card Lottery you must complete the dvprogram.state.gov online form. The lottery registration closes on Tuesday, November 9 at noon. The State Department recommends applying as soon as possible to prevent website issues.
Lottery winners are randomly selected based on their country of origin and will be announced beginning May 8, 2022, via the Entrant Status Check link on the Diversity Visa webpage. 20 million people apply for a Diversity Visa every year,
To qualify for the Green Card visa lottery, foreign applicants
• must have been born in an eligible country and have a high school education or 2 years of work experience
• primary applicant needs to have a valid, unexpired passport
• applicants can apply for the lottery starting October 2, 2019, and ending on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019; and the winners will be announced in May 2021
• applications are completed online at dvlottery.state.gov
Winners of the Green Card Lottery are chosen by random selection; there is no cost to register.