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What is the Green Card?

You can live and work permanently in the United States with a green card issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There are many ways to get a green card, including through family, work or status as a refugee or asylum. Not everyone qualifies for it. One of these is the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (commonly referred to as the Green Card Lottery).

What is the diversity lottery? How it works?

The DV program issues around 50,000 immigrant visas each year based on the results of a sample. The visas are distributed among countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

When does the DV lottery start?

The online registration deadline for the DV program is usually between October 1st and November 3rd each year. The registration period for the DV 2021 Green Card Lottery is expected to begin on October 2, 2019. The US State Department has not yet released registration information regarding this year's lottery.
You should register as soon as possible after opening as the number of visas is limited for each country.

Why is the DV-2022 lottery starting in 2020?

Applications will be accepted from October to November 2020, but the results of the lottery will be published in May 2021 and visas will not be processed and issued until 2022.

Will DV-2022 take place in 2020?

Yes. Although the Covid-19 pandemic affects everything, the lottery will still take place in 2020. Further information can be found at

How many visas are issued in DV-2021? How many people become winners?

No information is yet available from the US State Department, but the law allows a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) annually. Usually around 110,000 people are initially selected to be the lottery winners, and then around half of them will not get a visa for some reason, and eventually around 55,000 visas will be issued.

How many DV 2021 visas are issued for each region and eligible country?

The number of visas issued to the locals of each country depends on the regional boundaries set, how many applicants are from each country, and how many of the selected applicants are eligible for the visa. No more than 7% of the total available visas can be residents of a country.

Where can I fill in the diversity lottery entry form?

Applications are only accepted on the official US State Department website: Other services are intermediaries who fill out the form for you, and USCIS does not recommend using their services.

What's my chance to win?

The chances of winning a green card in the DV lottery are much higher than a million in an ordinary lottery. The percentage of profit for each country can be found at

What is the most important thing in lottery form?

First of all, remember: don't lie, just write the truth. Use only English letters.
Country of Eligibility.
Pay attention to the country of entitlement: you have to select the country of birth and not the place of residence.
Take the right photo.
Many participants fail to provide an accurate photo. USCIS will automatically disqualify applications whose photos do not meet the requirements. There are many requirements and conditions from background to head size. You can use special services such as

What else can I do to win?

Each adult family member (spouse, adult children, parents) should be the main entrant in the lottery (with all other family members such as spouses or children being designated as derivatives).

Is there an age for the Green Card Lottery?

There is no minimum age to apply, but due to the need for higher education, most people under the age of 18 will be disqualified.

Which English should i have?

To be eligible, participants do not need to have any special language skills.

Can I enter the DV program if I live in the United States?

Yes, an applicant can apply to this program anywhere in the world, including the United States.

Can I participate if I already have a US visa?

Yes, you can take part in the DV lottery if you already have a visa.

I am already registered for an immigrant visa in another category. Can I still apply for the DV program?


Will the US government help me settle in the US? Does it pay transportation or other fees?

No, you should do this on your own.

Can I specify a boyfriend or girlfriend as a spouse?

No, you can only add a statutory couple as a derivative to your application.

Is there a fee for the DV lottery?

There is no fee to attend, but if you are selected you will have to pay approximately $ 215 for medical examination and $ 330 for interview per person.
Also, you only pay immigrant visa fees in person at the U.S. embassy or consulate at the time of visa application. Do not send money for the DV fee to any third party through the Post Office, Western Union, or any other money transfer service.

If I apply for DV but don't qualify for DV, can I get a refund of the Visa fees I paid?

No. Visa application fees are non-refundable. If a consular officer determines that you do not meet the visa requirements or you are otherwise not qualified for the DV under United States law, the officer will not be able to issue a visa and you will forfeit any fees paid.

Who can participate in the Official Green Card Lottery Program (DV-2021)?

There are only two criteria that you need to meet. First: Your country of birth (or the country of your spouse or parents) must be on the list of eligible countries. Second, you must have at least two years of higher education or two years of work experience in a job that requires at least two years of training or experience in the past five years.

Which family members do I need to include in my entry for the Green Card Lottery?

You must provide your current spouse (wife or husband) even if you are currently separated from him / her and any unmarried children under the age of 21.

How many applications can I submit?

Only one during a year, but spouses can submit separate entries.

How often can I take part in the diversity lottery?

You can try to win every year, but only one application per year.

Can I fill out the form from my mobile phone?

Yes, you can also get the correct photo at

How much time do I have to fill out the form?

You have 30 minutes to fill out the form. If you exceed the 30-minute limit and have not submitted your application, all information that has already been entered will be discarded by the system. Therefore, it is best that you train online at before the lottery and have all the form data ready before filling out the actual form on the official website.

Can the DV lottery form be downloaded, saved in a word processor, and later closed?

No, you can only fill out the form online. However, you can use for this purpose.

Can I save the form online and complete it later?

No, it is impossible. We strongly recommend that you read all of the DV instructions in full before completing the form online. However, you can use for this.

If the system rejects my entry, can I resubmit my entry?

Yes, you can resubmit your application before the lottery ends. You can try to submit an application as often as necessary until a complete application is received and the confirmation message is sent. After you have received a confirmation message, your entry is complete and you should not submit any further entries.

When will I get the electronic confirmation message after submitting my submission?

You should receive the confirmation message right away, including a confirmation code. However, there are sometimes delays. You can click the "Submit" button as many times as needed until a full application has been submitted and you receive a confirmation message.

I did not receive a confirmation number after clicking the submit button. What should I do?

If you did not receive a confirmation number, your entry was not recorded. You need to submit another entry. It is not counted as a duplicate.

If I am selected, can I bring my family with me?

Only spouses and children can call through the DV lottery program. You can later apply for a family visa for other relatives. But it will take a long time.

Can I participate in the DV lottery if I am convinced of it?

There are no restrictions on convicted persons. However, keep in mind that the decision on visa issuance depends on a US consulate.

Is it true that the DV lottery is only for young people who have just graduated from university?

No it is not. Anyone can enter the lottery and the winners will be selected at random by the U.S. Department of State.

Do I already have a job in the USA, do I have to have relatives there or enough money?

You don't need a US job or job offer to enter the DV Lottery, you don't need US dependents, you don't need a specific amount of money.

How will I know about winning? How do I check my USA Green Card Lottery results? Do I get a notification?

Don't wait for the State Department to email or phone you to let you know of your choices. Check your result for yourself through the participant status check on the E-DV website with your confirmation number. This is the only way to find out. Information will be published in May 2020.

Will I receive information from the Department of State by email or mail?

The U.S. government never sends emails informing individuals that they have been selected, and it is not intended to use email for the DV-2021 program for that purpose. The US State Department never asks you to send money through the mail or through services such as Western Union.

When will the results be available?

You can find out if you can win a lottery in May 2020 by visiting the DV Participant Status Check page online at Information will be available by the end of September 2021.

What if i lose my confirmation number? How can I retrieve my lost DV Lottery confirmation number?

A tool is now available on the Subscriber Status Check page of the E-DV website that will allow you to obtain your confirmation number from the email address you registered with by entering certain personal information to identify your identity to confirm.
There is no other way to check your status or provide your confirmation number. US embassies and consulates and the Kentucky Consular Center are not able to do this. The US State Department is unable to provide a list of individuals selected to continue the visa process.

How are successful participants selected?

The winners will be selected at random by the U.S. Department of State.

What should i do if i win?

If you win the green card lottery, you will not automatically receive a green card. If you are lucky enough to win it just means you have been given the chance to apply for a green card. You should check your confirmation number on the DV program official website Once you've won, you will be directed to a confirmation page with further instructions.
Be careful when filling out the lottery form because once selected you will need to fill out the DS-260 Immigrant Visa with exactly the same information as the lottery form. Therefore, we do not recommend using anyone to help fill out the lottery form. Do not use intermediaries or third party services to complete the DV lottery application for you. It is better to apply yourself. We recommend using to fill out, save and print the DV lottery form before completing the actual form so that you can remember all of your submission details Use the same information on the DS-260 Immigrant Visa form.

How soon should I apply for an immigrant visa after winning?

In the event of a win in the DV 2021 program, you have the right to apply for a visa only during the US government budget year 2021 (from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021). It is recommended that you do this right away.
In the event of a successful interview at a consulate, you will receive a visa for 6 months. If you do not move to the US during this time, your visa will be canceled and you will not be able to get it back.

When do I get a green card?

First, you will get an immigrant visa and you will be given the green card after moving to the US.

Are you obliged to move to the US if you won the lottery?

No, the decision of immigration is up to you.

I won the Diversity Lottery earlier but decided not to move. Can I take part in the competition again?

Yes you can. However, there may be doubts about your immigration intentions, and the decision to issue a visa will depend on a U.S. consulate. In this case, the chances of getting a visa are not high.

Valid passport

It is highly recommended that you have a valid passport issued by your country prior to entering the DV Lottery. So if you don't have a valid passport, get one before completing the lottery form.

1st name

You should write your name in English letters just like on your passport.
Be careful with the middle name. If your last name is double (it has 2 parts), you should list all parts in the "Last Name / Last Name" field. If you use any part of it as a middle name, you will be disqualified.
If you don't have a first or last name, you can omit it by checking the "No Name" box.
If you have letters with "step" in your name, just change them to similar English letters. For example, "ä" can be changed to "a", "ö" to "o", "ñ" to "n" and so on.

My name is spelled differently on my birth certificate and on my passport. Which name should I use?

You should write your name in English letters just like on your passport. The spelling of your name on your ID card, birth certificate and other documents does not matter. This is stated in the U.S. Department of State instruction: 2018% 20Instructions % 20German.pdf

2nd gender

There are pictures of a husband and wife for extra help near the radio buttons.

3. Date of birth

Pay attention to the order of the elements. It's American date order, so you should put the month first (not the day), then the day, and then the year on the last day.

4. Place of birth

Use a city listed on your birth certificate or passport.

What if the current city name and the passport name are different?

You should find the name of the city on your passport.

5. Country of birth

Include the current name of the country, even if it was renamed or became independent. It is also not your country of residence or citizenship, but the country of your birth.

6thCountry of admission for the DV program

Instead of your country of birth, you can choose the country of birth of your spouse or your parents. If your country is not eligible or has a lower chance of winning than this country, you can select that country.
Here is a list of the countries whose locals are eligible for DV-2020:
Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast
Djibouti Egypt *
Equatorial Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
South Africa
South Sudan
* Persons born in areas administered by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt prior to June 1967 include Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. People born in Gaza must pay in Egypt. People born in the West Bank are attributable to Jordan. People who were born in the Golan Heights can be attributed to Syria.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region **
I ran
North Korea
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka
Timor Leste
United Arab Emirates
* Persons born in areas administered by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt prior to June 1967 include Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. People born in Gaza must pay in Egypt. People born in the West Bank are attributable to Jordan. People who were born in the Golan Heights can be attributed to Syria.
** Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Region Europe, to the detriment of Portugal) and Taiwan (Region Asia) are listed here. For the purposes of the diversity program only, individuals residing in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cyprus Czech Republic
Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas)
France (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Macau Special Administrative Region **
Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Northern Ireland ***
Norway (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas)
San Marino
Vatican city
** Macau S.A.R. qualifies and is listed above and is for the purposes of the diversity program only; Persons living in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.
*** Northern Ireland is treated separately for the diversity program only. Northern Ireland qualifies and is listed under Qualified Areas.
The Bahamas
Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Federated States of Nauru
New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Antigua and Barbuda
Costa Rica
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname Trinidad and Tobago
Here is a list of countries whose locals are not eligible for DV-2019:
China (born in the mainland)
South Korea
Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

I live in a controversial area (for example in the Crimea), what should I use as a production country?

You can call any American Consulate / Embassy and ask them.

Can I participate in the Diversity Lottery (DV-2021) if I was born in a country that is not on the list of eligible countries?

If your spouse or parents were born in an Eligible Country, you can use that country as your Eligible Country.

7. Participant photo

Your digital photo must be:
Square, 600 x 600 pixels in size
In JPEG format (.jpg)
No more than 240 KB (kilobytes) file size
The head size is between 50% and 69% of the total height of the image from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
The eyes are between 56% and 69% from the bottom of the photo
In color
In focus
Taken against a plain white or cream background
Taken over the past 6 months to reflect your current look
Full screen view aimed directly at the camera
Glasses are not allowed
With a neutral facial expression and open eyes
Registered clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except for religious clothing that is worn on a daily basis
Do not wear headgear or headgear that obscures the hair or the hairline unless it is worn daily for religious purposes
Your full face must be visible and the headgear must not cast shadows on your face
Headphones, wireless hands-free kits or the like are not allowed in your photo
If you usually wear a hearing aid or similar item, it can be worn in your photo.
All official requirements are listed here:
You will receive your photo, which meets all requirements and technical specifications, in two seconds from Visafoto at To get it right, please follow these instructions:

Why is it very important to check that my photo is correct

This is because your lottery application will later be rejected if your photo is incorrect. However, if you upload a photo to the DV lottery form, any false or correct photos will be accepted without feedback. If you upload an incorrectly sized photo or a photo of a car instead of a photo of yourself, you will not receive an error message and your photo will be accepted regardless of size. So when you submit your application there is no way to tell if your photo is correct or not. Later, however, all applications with incorrect photos will be disqualified. Therefore, it is very important to know that your photo is correct before completing the green card application form.

Where can I check that my DV lottery photo is correct?

You can use the service at He does the full check. The photo tool on the U.S. Department of State website does not take into account the eyes or the background and will not work on most phones, tablets, and some laptops and therefore does not do the job properly. For more information on why the photo tool does not fit completely, please visit

8. Postal address

Remember that your mailing address should be clear enough for international postal service.
In the mailing address is the name of the recipient. The field for address line 2 can be empty if your address completely fits into line 1. If you don't know your zip code, you can get it at your post office.
How do I write the address?
If you don't know how to correctly spell your address in English, use Google Maps: select English and copy and paste the address into the lottery form.
Here is the instruction:

9. Country in which you live today

It is not your country of nationality or your country of origin, it is your actual country of residence. Select it from the list.
What if I move according to the fill-in form?
You can move, it doesn't matter, you should provide your current location at the time of filling out the form.

10. Telephone number

Remember that your phone number must be in international format. You should be able to call it from the US.

11. Email address

Please enter your own email address. No other person's address or the email address of the company you work for

12. What is the highest level of education that you have achieved to date?

To be eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery, you must have had a high school education or two years of work experience in a profession that requires at least two years of education or experience in the past five years.
You must have proof of training or work experience: a diploma or certificate.

It's my senior year of college. What should I write about my level of education?

You must state your level of training in the DV lottery form on the day you apply. The levels “Gymnasium without qualification” or “Some university courses” are therefore suitable for you.

Which professions qualify for the Diversity Visa Program (eDV)?

The database of the Ministry of Labor (DOL) O * Net Online groups work experience into five occupational zones. While many professions are listed on the DOL website, only certain professions are qualified for the Diversity Visa program. In order to qualify for a diversity visa based on your work experience, you must have two years of work experience within the last five years in a profession that is designated as occupational zone 4 or 5 and is classified in an SVP (Specific Vocational Preparation). Range of 7.0 or higher.

How do I find the qualified professions in the Ministry of Labor?

Qualified IT professions are displayed in the Ministry of Labor's online database (O * Net)
Follow these steps to find out if your job is right:
Click on "Find Jobs"
In the “Job Family” section, select your profession from the drop-down list (e.g. Business and Financial Operations) and click “Go”.
Then click on the link for your specific job. (For example, choose Credit Analysts.)
Find an SVP area in the Job Zone area. It must be 7.0 or higher to qualify for the DV lottery. In this example, the Credit Analyst qualifies.

13. What is your current marital status?

Remember that a legally separated person has a different status than a divorced person. Legal separation is a status when the divorce has not yet been finalized but the couple are separated after a court order. Many countries do not have such a status. If you are divorced but choose to separate legally, you will be disqualified.
Unless you are legally separated, you will need to identify your spouse even if you plan to divorce before applying for the diversity visa. Failure to list your eligible spouse is a cause of disqualification.
If your spouse is a US citizen or permanent resident, do not include them on your listing.

What if I'm not married right now, but will do it later?

You should fill out your current marital status for the moment you fill out the form.

14. Number of children

You must list all of your children who are unmarried and under the age of 21. Include any of your birth children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children. If you don't, you will be disqualified. If your children are citizens of the United States, don't include them on your listing.

My children under the age of 21 live separately. Should i list them?

Yes, list all children under the age of 21, even if they no longer live with you or you do not intend to immigrate under the DV program.

15. Part 2 - Derivatives

You should fill out the form with information about your spouse and children: last name / surname, first name, middle name, date of birth, gender, place of birth of the spouse / child. Also upload a photo of your spouse / children. There are the same rules.

If I fill out the form with my spouse's details, does it mean that he / she is also participating in the DV lottery and has a chance of winning?

No, your spouse should fill out their own form to be considered a separate participant to increase the chance of winning (and include you as a derivative in this case).

What if i'm pregnant now?

If you are the winner, add your child's information to your visa application later.

Do I need to upload a photo of a small baby?

Yes, if you do not provide a photo of a family member, USCIS will not accept your application. We recommend using for baby's photo.

What should I do if I cannot get a photo of my child?

Then unfortunately you cannot take part in the DV Lottery.

How do I save the confirmation number?

The confirmation number is very important. After submitting the lottery form, you will need to copy and paste the confirmation number into an email message and send that message to yourself with the subject of the DV lottery confirmation number. Also, take a screenshot of the confirmation number screen and save that screenshot in a safe place (like Google Drive, Dropbox, your flash drive, etc.). You can also save the number in notes on your phone, write it on a piece of paper and keep it in a safe place.

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