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Up to 55,000 diversity immigrant visas will be available to nationals of countries with historically low immigration to the U.S. Not all countries are eligible.
In 2021 (for the 2023 Diversity Lottery), individuals born in the following countries are ineligible:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), Venezuela and Vietnam.
Diversity Lottery Eligibility is determined only by the country of your birth, not based on country of citizenship or current residence.
You must complete your Diversity Visa Registration by November 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET.
Here are the Department of State detailed instructions for entering the DV Program.
All entries must be submitted electronically on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website during the specified registration period (Oct 6-Nov 9).
No late entries or paper entries are accepted.
The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period.
* The State Department urges applicants not to wait until the final week to register because heavy demand may cause website delays.
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. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation number. It is the only way you can check the status of your entry, and you will need it to obtain further instructions or schedule an interview for a visa if you are selected.
Lottery winners will be selected at random. Registrants will be given a confirmation number that they may use to check whether they have been selected starting May 8, 2022, on the E-DV website.
Those interested in registering for the DV-2023 lottery are encouraged to do so early in the registration period. Individuals should beware of scams that frequently target DV lottery registrants. Registrants are reminded that the registration process is free and that the only way to enter the lottery and obtain lottery results is via the State Department’s E-DV website.
If you are selected for the 2023 Diversity Visa, contact Immigration Attorney Seth Finberg for assistance on how to apply for your Immigrant Visa.