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.
The US State Department requires all applications to be filed electronically. The requirements are very strict: Photos should be in JPEG format, 24-bit color; monochrome images (less than 24-bit color depth) will not be accepted. A new digital photograph must have a resolution of 600 pixels wide by 600 pixels high, and a color depth of 24-bit color. 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 same rules regarding the depth of color apply. The maximum image size accepted will be twohundred-forty thousand (240,000) bytes. 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.
Please proceed with your application by choosing one of the language options at the top of the page.
If you require additional information or support, it is recommended that you visit the website www.green-card.com, a dedicated green card support site, also run by The American Dream (an approved official green card submission and immigration consultancy service)
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."