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U.S. Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery

The United States government issues 50,000 Green Cards every year through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, commonly known as the Green Card Lottery.

Each year, 50,000 immigrant visas are made available through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The program is not available to people who come from countries that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the past five years. The State Department's National Visa Center holds the lottery every year through a computer-generated random lottery drawing of the qualified entries. Anyone who is selected under this lottery will be given the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. If permanent residence is granted, then the individual will be authorized to live and work permanently in the United States. Winners will also be allowed to bring your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States.


The entry registration period for the 2014 Diversity Visa program (DV-2014) was between October 2, 2012 and November 3, 2012. All submission processing at this web site has finished.

DV Entrant Status Check

2014 Entrant Status Check

DV-2014 entrants may enter their confirmation information through the link below starting at noon (EDT) on May 1, 2013. The DV-2014 registration period was from October 2, 2012, until November 3, 2012. DV-2014 entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least June 30, 2014. Additional entries may be selected in October 2013.

2013 Entrant Status Check

DV-2013 entrants (those who entered the DV lottery between October 3, 2011 and November 5, 2011) have until September 30, 2013 to check the status of their entry through this website. The DV-2013 registration period was from October 3, 2011, until November 5, 2011.

Please click the link below to check DV-2013 and DV-2014 Entrant Status:


DV Lottery 2012 Online Registration

The upcoming DV Lottery 2012 registration period is scheduled to start in October 2010. Entrants will apply on Form DS-5501, Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, available only during the DV open registration period.

DV Lottery 2011 Online Registration

The DV-2011 Diversity Visa Lottery online entry registration period has ended; therefore, registrations cannot be entered now. The DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery entry registration period was between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 30, 2009.


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I have applies 7 times and still never won...
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Old Sep 3rd, 2010, 10:06 AM   #3

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Is there any limit to the number of years I can apply?
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