2018 Diversity Visa Lottery is Now Open!
On October 4, 2016, an online registration for DV-2018, Diversity Immigrant Visa Program started. The registration will be open until 12 PM EST on November 7, 2016.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, was created in 1990 and is administered by the U.S. Department of State. The Program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, picked randomly among all entries from individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Those born in countries, which sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years, are not eligible for this lottery. For DV-2018, nationals of the following countries are not eligible for the visa: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
If you are a national of a country other than mentioned above, you can apply for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery by following the link: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov.