Diversity Visa Lottery
The Diversity Visa Lottery program is a Congressionally mandated program which allows for immigration to the United States from countries with historically low rates of immigration. The program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from a random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements.
The entry registration period generally occurs from beginning of October - end of November every year. You cannot apply for DV outside the official registration period.
For more information on DV, please see the Department of State's official website on the program.
There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. To learn more, please see the Federal Trade Commission Warning. The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website during the specified and limited-time registration period. Please see Diversity Visa Fraud for more information.