The DV-2018 is a program that provides the green card to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. As a result, national from some countries which have more than 50,000 immigrants immigrating to the U.S. in the past 5 years, such as Brazil, India, Mexico and others, are not eligible to participate.
For the fiscal year 2018, there will be 50,000 diversity visas available and applicants are selected through a random computer drawing.
To qualify the applicant must:
1. Be born is a country that is eligible to enter the lottery. (list of countries eligible)
- Exceptions apply to individuals who were born in a country that is not eligible, but whose spouse was born is a country that is eligible; or
- individuals who were born in a country that is ineligible, but in which neither parent was born or legally resided on that country at the time of applicant's birth. In this case the applicant may use his/her parent's country of birth if it is eligible.
- at least high school or equivalent, or
- two years of work experience in the past five years
The applicant should be submitted electronically to the DV-2018 program at dvlottery.state.gov
There are no fees for this application
Application period is between OCTOBER 4, 2016 and NOVEMBER 7, 2016
Only one entry per individual.
After submission there will be a confirmation screen with applicant's name and confirmation number, print that screen for your records.
The U.S. government will not informed selected applicants directly, instead he/she must be checking online for the application status.
On May 2, 2017 applicants will be able to check their entries at dvlottery.state.gov, and clicking on Entrant Status Check and imputing your confirmation number. If selected the applicant will be able to see the interview appointment date.