The United States gives out 50,000 Green Cards every year to lucky winners of the DV Diversity Visa lottery.  About 10 million applications are received each year in October and November, making the chances of success about 1 in 200.  Some of the best odds available in any lottery of significant value.  And – it’s free to apply!

Winners learn of their selection in May of the following year.  The IV Immigrant Visa / AOS Adjustment of Status process leading to Green Cards starts on October 1st of that year.  If either spouse of a married couple is selected in the draw, both spouses and children under 21 can all immigrate together.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to file an application for the Diversity Visa Lottery!

Applications for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program will be accepted online starting Wednesday, October 7, 2022 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).  Applications must be submitted by noon EDT on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. There is no filing fee to apply.

Individuals are eligible to apply unless they are natives of the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Individuals born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible. Last year individuals born in Hong Kong SAR were also eligible, but this year, they are not.

Beyond meeting the nationality requirement, each DV applicant must also 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.

Applicants may not submit more than one application.   Submitting more than one application will result in disqualification.

Check the Diversity Lottery website for more details on filing your online application. No paper applications will be accepted.

We recommend that you apply early to avoid any technical failures that could arise with heavy use of the online application portal.  Good luck!!