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 2025, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program, but selectees who are scheduled for an interview will be required to pay a visa application fee prior to making their formal visa application where a consular officer will determine whether they qualify for the visa.
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 percent of the available DVs in any one year.
Please see below for details per each DV season.
Statement about the End of the 2023 Diversity Visa Program
The 2023 U.S. Diversity Visa (DV Lottery) Program has officially ended worldwide. The Department of State has issued all available diversity visas for the DV-2023 Program. We recognize that the early conclusion of the 2023 Program may be disappointing to those 2023 selectees who were unable to receive a visa. Interviews for the 2024 Diversity Visa Program will begin in October 2023. In addition, the 2025 Diversity Visa Program entry period will open in early October, and we encourage all who are eligible to apply.
Being selected for the Program does not guarantee that an applicant will receive a visa interview or a visa. Selection means that the person may be eligible to participate in the Diversity Visa program and may have a chance to apply for a visa. Because some of the first 55,000 persons selected will not qualify for visas or will choose not to participate in the program, more individuals are selected to participate in the program each year than visas available. This process increases the likelihood that all 55,000 visas are used.
The Department of State remains committed to facilitating travel for individuals from countries, such as Angola and Sao Tome and Principe, with low rates of immigration to the United States. We recognize the important contributions diversity brings to U.S. communities and to the U.S. economy.
Instructions for the 2024 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2024)
The interviews for the DV-2024 Program will start in October 2023.
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.
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.
For complete instructions for the 2024 DV Lottery program, please click here.
DV-2025 Diversity Visa Program Information
For DV-2025, qualified entrants must submit entries electronically at dvprogram.state.gov.
The online registration period for the DV-2025 Program begins on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) and concludes on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). Submission of more than one entry for a person during the registration period will disqualify all entries for that person.
The English version of the DV-2025 Program Instructions is the only official version. Please see travel.state.gov for unofficial translations once they become available when online registration begins.