What is the DV Green Card Lottery ?

The Diversity Visa (DV) or Green Card Lottery is a program of the US Government.
Participants can enter the lottery for free. If selected they are allowed to apply for a Diversity Visa. If the Visa is indeed issued they become Legal Permanent Residents. The Visa is also called Green Card.

For this year’s Lottery (DV-2021) 55,000 Diversity Visas are available.

When and where can I enter the Visa Lottery ?

The Entry Period for DV-2021 started Wednesday, October 2, 2019, noon, and ended Tuesday, November 5, 2019, noon.

Could anyone enter ?

No. To be eligible for the Visa Lottery you must be born in a country that does not already contribute a large number of immigrants through other programs. e.g. family-related or based on work. (There are only two exceptions to this rule through alternate chargeabiliy.)
Your current citizenship is not important.

This year people born in the following countries could NOT participate:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born)*, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and dependent territories, Vietnam.
*People born in HongKong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible to participate.

How do I know if I won ?

By doing the Entrant Status Check to see if you were selected.
Go to dvlottery.state.gov

You will need your Entrant Confirmation Number.
If you lost the number you can retrieve it on the eDV site. Go to Entrant Status Check, click on the blue line of text and submit your information. (You then need the e-mail address you gave on the Entry Form.)

If you entered the 2021 Visa Lottery you must wait till next year (2020) to see if you won.
Entrant Status Check (ECS) for DV-2021 starts on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 12.00 p.m. EDT.
ESC is not possible before this date !

Can I still enter DV-2021 ?

No. The Entry Period for DV-2021 is closed.

I received an email inviting me to enter the 2022 Visa Lottery.

The US Government does NOT license businesses to offer Visa Lottery services. Using a commercial agency does NOT give you a better chance to get a Green Card.
Please realize that any business, agency or organization, can call themselves “official”. And that anyone can use an official looking seal or stamp to sell services.

Why is the current Visa Lottery called DV-2021 ?

Because the visas are officially issued in 2021.

If I win do I get a Green Card right-away ?

No. You win a chance to apply for a Green Card. You must submit a Visa Application and successfully complete the Visa Procedure that follows. After you arrive in the US your Immigrant Visa becomes Green Card.

If I win can I bring my spouse and my children ?

Yes. Your spouse can also submit a Visa Application.
You can bring a child/children if they are unmarried and still under 21 years of age (when the visa is issued).

I got a phone call that I won !
I received an email I that was selected !
I was sent a letter that a relative had won !

The US Department of State (DOS) does not call people to let them know they won in the Visa Lottery. It does not send letters or emails to inform Entrants that they are Winners. It does not contact relatives of Selected Entrants.
Any such email, letter, phone call is a scam.
DOS does not publish lists of Visa Lottery winners.