Entrants have until Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the State Department’s strict requirements.
A closer look
Registration for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery ends on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at noon EST. Foreign nationals who wish to register for the FY 2025 DV lottery must submit their online registration forms and accompanying digital photos by that time. Applicants must carefully follow the State Department’s official lottery instructions to avoid having their registration disqualified.
For FY 2025, the U.S. Department of State DV lottery program will make up to 55,000 green card numbers available through random selection. Foreign nationals selected in the lottery will be eligible to submit a green card application during the 2025 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, 2024.
Who is eligible to enter the lottery?
- The DV lottery is open to natives of countries that have historically low rates of immigration to the United States.
- Individuals from countries with high rates of U.S. immigration are not eligible to register.
- This year, those born in the following countries are ineligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including mainland and Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
- For FY 2025, individuals from the United Kingdom and its dependent territories are eligible to participate.
- Individuals born in Macau SAR and Taiwan can participate.
- Those who cannot register because their country of birth is excluded may be able to qualify through a spouse who was born in an eligible country or, in certain circumstances, through a parent’s country of birth.
- Entrants must have at least a high school education (or equivalent) or two years of qualifying work experience within the past five years.
How lottery winners are chosen and notified
The State Department chooses lottery winners by random computer selection. Results will be published starting May 4, 2024 through at least September 30, 2025, on the official DV lottery entry status website.
Foreign nationals can learn whether they were selected only by visiting the official DV website and entering their confirmation number. The State Department does not notify entrants by letter, e-mail, fax, or telephone. The official website is the only legitimate source of lottery results.
Guarding against DV lottery fraud
Fraudulent DV lottery websites are common, but foreign nationals can and should take precautions to protect themselves. Learn more about DV lottery fraud by visiting the websites of the State Department and the Federal Trade Commission.