What is the DV Green Card Lottery ?

The Diversity Visa (DV) or Green Card Lottery is a program of the US Government.
For each Lottery 50,000 Green Cards are available.

Can I still enter the 2020 Visa Lottery ?

The Entry Period was from October 3 till November 6, 2018. Entering DV-2020 is no longer possible.

Can anyone enter ?

To be eligible for the Visa Lottery you must be born in a country that does not already contribute a significant number of immigrants through other programs, e.g. family-related or based on work. The US Department of State issues a list of countries for each DV program.

I entered DV-2020. How will I know if I am a winner ?

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

Entrant Status Check for DV-2020 started May 7, 2019.

I received an email inviting me to enter the 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.

Will there be a 2021 Visa Lottery ?

We do not know yet if the program will be continued. If another DV Lottery is held, the Entry Period will probably be in October (2019).

Why is the latest Lottery called DV-2020 ?

Because the visas are officially issued in (US fiscal year) 2020. The Entry Period was last year (2018), the winners are announced this year (2019).

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. You can bring your spouse as well as your 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 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 selected. It does not contact relatives.
Any such email, letter, phone call is a scam.
Also, DOS does NOT publish lists of Visa Lottery winners.

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