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The Diversity Visa (DVLottery) program is congressionally-mandated and allows up to 55,000 persons from nations that are historically under-represented in terms of migration to the United States to qualify each year for immigrant visas (lottery green cards). The program is also known as the “green card lottery” or "dvlottery", because the winners are determined through a random drawing from among the 10–12 million people who enter each year.

The official guidelines set forth by the U.S. government in Public Notice 4446 may be found here. Please be advised that any minor error in the application procedure will result in your immediate disqualification without further notice. 

The DVLottery program usually takes place at the end of each year, while green card winners are announced between April and June of the following year. A green card entitles the holder to live and work in the United States indefinitely and without restrictions.

Official Rules: Digital Processing

Guidelines Photo The US State Department requires all applications to be filed electronically. The photo requirements are very strict and must meet the following criteria:

  • photos should not be older than 6 months
  • photos of previous lotteries should not be used
  • no glasses (even if you generally wear them!)
  • high quality color photos
  • neutral, light-colored background
  • no hats or other head coverings
  • directly facing the camera (not sideways!)
  • the head must be centered and cover approx. 50% of the photo
  • no copies of identity cards or passports
  • min. 300 dpi, 51x51 mm, 600x600 Pixel, JPEG File

If an existing photo is scanned, it must have a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). The original photo should be 2 x 2 inches in size. The maximum image size accepted will be 240KB. Images should be taken directly facing the camera in front of a light-colored background. The face should cover between 50% and 69% of the height of the image.

Safe and Secure DVLottery Green Card Application

  • Fortunately enough, with the automated process offered by and associated websites you do not need to worry about formalities.
  • The integrated photo selector lets you upload photos of almost any size which it will crop them automatically. You may also still send in your entry by regular mail and all details will be taken care of.
  • Standard paper photos will be digitalized at no extra cost.

If you require additional information or support, it is recommended that you visit the website, a dedicated green card support site, also run by The American Dream (an approved official green card submission and immigration consultancy service) or choose your preferred language and apply now for the next US DV Lottery:



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The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.


From the State Department: "Alien petitioners for the Diversity Visa Program will no longer be permitted to submit a petition by mail. Instead, the Department will require that all petitions be submitted to it in an electronic format, using an Internet website dedicated specifically to the submission and receipt of Diversity Visa."

The American Dream - US GreenCard Service GmbH is a government licensed immigration consultancy. We are not affiliated with the U.S. Government or any government agency. You can enter the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery for free at