Diversity Visa Lottery Now Open Until November 6, 2018 for FY-2019

Applicants who are selected in the program (“selectees”) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six (6) geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent (7%) of the available DVs in any one year.

Who is Eligible?

  1. Bangladesh

  2. Brazil

  3. Canada

  4. China (mainland-born)

  5. Colombia

  6. Dominican Republic

  7. El Salvador

  8. Haiti

  9. India

  10. Jamaica

  11. Mexico

  12. Nigeria

  13. Pakistan

  14. Peru

  15. Philippines

  16. South Korea

  17. United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and

  18. Vietnam.

Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. There were no changes in eligibility this year based on last year’s list.

Click here for statistics from past years’ lottery results by country/region.

If you are selected, you will need to schedule an interview at the consulate in your home country.


The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program requires the principal DV applicant to have a high school education, or its equivalent, or two years of qualifying work experience as defined under provisions of U.S. law.  You should not continue with your DV application if you do not meet the qualifying education or work experience requirements explained below because you will not be issued a visa, and any fees you pay will not be refunded.

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*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular matter, as each matter has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by a licensed attorney.

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