The revised online registration period for the DV-2021 Program begins today Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.
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.
If you do not have either the required education or qualifying work experience, you are not qualified to be issued a diversity visa. (Only you, as the principal applicant, must meet this requirement. Your spouse and children do not have to meet this requirement.) You should not continue with your DV application if you do not meet the qualifying education or work experience requirements explained below. You will not be issued a visa, and any fees you pay will not be refunded.
High School Education: A high school education means successful completion of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course in the United States.
Work Experience: If you are qualifying with work experience, you must have two years of experience in the last five years, in an occupation which, by U.S. Department of Labor definitions, requires at least two years of training or experience that is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating of 7.0 or higher.
The following countries can participate in the 2019 DV Lottery. The list is updated every year in September, so please check for updates if your country of birth is not among the qualifying countries.
Important: Make sure to get your application submitted for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery as soon as possible. Apply online today to get the best chance of being selected so you can live and work in The United States.
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel*, Japan, Jordan*, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria*, Taiwan**, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Macau S.A.R**.
*Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria. **For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.
**Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region), and Taiwan (Asia region) do qualify and are listed here.
Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s diversity program: Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canieroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic, Cote D’iviore (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Tee, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Republic Of The Liberia, Rwanda, Sao Tome And Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
African countries not qualified for this ‘s diversity program:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark Including Components And Dependent Areas Overseas, Estonia, Finland, France Including Components And Dependent Areas Overseas, Germany, Georgia, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia the former, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands Including Components And Dependent Areas Overseas, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Yugoslav Republic Of
European countries not qualified for this year’s diversity program:
Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks And Caicos Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas
In North America, Canada does not qualify for this year’s diversity program.
Australia Including Components And Dependent Areas Overseas, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States Of, Nauru, Newzealand Including Components And Dependent Areas Overseas, Palau, Papua New, Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samo.
South America, Central America, and the Carribean
Antigua And Barbuda, Honduras, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Grenada, Guyan, Nicaragua, Panam, Paraguay, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenaadines, Suriname, The Grenadines, Trinidad And Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
Countries that do not qualify for this year’s diversity Visa Green Card program:
Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.
If your country is listed in the eligible countries visit dvlottery.state.gov to start your application.