The on-line registration of the Diversity Visa 2019 Program begins on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will be concluded on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time.
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.
A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year. The Diversity Visa 2019 Program is distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
For a list of countries/areas by region whose natives are eligible for DV-2019 program, please note that In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa 2019 program.
The requirements for the DV program are established by U.S. immigration law. If you are planning to register for the DV program, be sure to look closely at the requirements for this type of visa.
There is a limited period of time during which you can register for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program during each fiscal year. Each year, the Department of State publishes detailed instructions for entering the DV Program. These instructions include the dates of the registration period during which you will be able to enter.
All entries must be submitted electronically on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the specified registration period. No late entries or paper entries are accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period.
The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. If you submit more than one entry you will be disqualified.