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DV Lottery 2024: Instructions For The 2024 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Dv-2024)  

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DV Lottery 2024: Instructions For The 2024 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Dv-2024)  . The Department of State annually administers the statutorily created Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.  Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.  For Fiscal Year 2024, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available.  There is no cost to register for the DV program.  

Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a DV.  The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing.  The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.  

For DV-2024, natives of the following countries and areas are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: 

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela, and Vietnam.   
Natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.   

Eligibility 

Requirement #1:  Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States may be eligible to enter.  

If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.  

  • Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States?  If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth – provided that you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States at the same time.  
  • Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of immigration to the United States, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth?  If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2024 program. 

Requirement #2:  Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:  

  • at least a high school education or its equivalent defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education; 

OR

  • two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.  The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience.   

For more information about qualifying work experience, see the Frequently Asked Questions. You should not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements. 

Entry Period For The 2024 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Dv-2024)  

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2024 program electronically at dvprogram.state.gov between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November  8, 2022.  Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays.  No late entries or paper entries will be accepted.  The law allows only one entry per person during each entry period.  The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries.  Submission of more than one entry for a person will disqualify all entries for that person.

  • Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2024 Program 

Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at dvprogram.state.gov.  We will not accept incomplete entries or entries sent by any other means.  There is no cost to submit the online entry form.  Please use an updated browser when submitting your application; older browsers (Internet Explorer 8, for example) will likely encounter problems with the online DV system. 

We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa agent,” or other person who offers to help.  If someone helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and keep your unique confirmation number and a printout of your confirmation screen.  It is extremely important that you have the printout of your confirmation page and unique confirmation number.  Unscrupulous visa facilitators have been known to assist entrants with their entries, keep the confirmation page printout, and then demand more money in exchange for the confirmation number.  Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that informs you of your entry status.  Be wary if someone offers to keep this information for you.  You also should have access to the email account listed in your E-DV entry.  See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about DV program scams.  You may also wish to view our video for an introduction to the DV program and a step-by-step guide to help you submit an entry. 

After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number.  Print this confirmation screen for your records.  Starting May 6, 2023, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to dvprogram.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information.  You must use Entrant Status Check to check if you have been selected for DV-2024 and, if selected, to view instructions on how to proceed with your application.  The U.S. government will not inform you directly.  Entrant Status Check is the sole source for instructions on how to proceed with your application.  If you are selected and submit a visa application and required documents, you must use the Entrant Status Check to check your immigrant visa interview appointment date.  Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process. 

You must provide all of the following information to complete your entry.  Failure to accurately include all the required information will make you ineligible for a DV.  

1- Name – last/family name, first name, middle name – exactly as it appears on your passport if you have a passport (for example, if your passport shows only your first and last/family name, please list your last/family name and then the first name; do not include a middle name unless it is included on your passport.  If your passport includes a first, middle and last/family name, please list them in the following order:  last/family name, first name, and middle name).  If you have only one name, it must be entered in the last/family name field.   

2- Gender – male or female.
3- Birth date – day, month, year.
4- City where you were born. 
5- Country where you were born – Use the name of the country currently used for the place where you were born.

7- Country of eligibility for the DV program – Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth.  Your country of eligibility is not related to where you live or your nationality if it is different from your country of birth.  If you were born in a country that is not eligible, please review the Frequently Asked Questions to see if there is another way you may be eligible. 

8- Entrant photograph(s) – Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your derivative children included in your entry.  See  Submitting a Digital Photograph for compositional and technical specifications.  You do not need to include a photograph of a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do. 

DV entry photographs must meet the same standards as U.S. visa photos.  You will be ineligible for a DV if the entry photographs for you and your family members do not fully meet these specifications or have been manipulated in any way.  Submitting the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year’s entry will make you ineligible for a DV.  See  Submitting a Digital Photograph (below) for more information. 

DV Lottery 2022: Instructions For The 2024 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Dv-2024)   pdf

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