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DV (“Green Card”) Lottery – FY 2021

DV (“Green Card”) Lottery – yes, there is such a thing, and Department of State has  released instructions for the Fiscal Year 2021 program:  Each year, the Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available diversity visas (DV), drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet certain eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.   Only certain individuals from certain countries are eligible, but individual foreign nationals in the U.S. may be eligible and wish to participate in this “lottery” program.  The individual(s) must apply directly with the Department of State, and additional instructions are available on its website:

The online registration period for the DV-2021 Program begins on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).  For FY2021, the DV lottery program will make 55,000 diversity visas available.

Department of State Fraud Warning:  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. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.  The Department of State selects lottery winners by random selection, and results will be published only on the official website (

Of course, as additional details become available regarding the above, we will provide regular updates.