Registration for the green card lottery program for fiscal year 2023 (DV-2023) begins October 6, 2021 and runs until November 9, 2021.
The green card lottery program, officially known as the Diversity Visa program, is run by the US State Department and makes on a lottery basis up to 55,000 green cards available to nationalities of countries with history low rates of immigration to the United States.
Countries that have more than 50,000 of their citizens immigrate to the US over the previous five years are excluded from participating in the program. For DV-2023, that list includes Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
To participate in the lottery, the entrant must be from an eligible country (not from any of the above countries in the above list). The entrant must also have either at least a high school education or two years work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.
Registration for entry into the lottery is done exclusively online by submitting Form DS-5501 on the DV program website and is free of charge.
Registration starts on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12pm EDT and ends on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12pm EST.
Applicants who submit an entry will receive a confirmation number in their email. Only one entry per individual is permitted. Those who submit multiple entries will be disqualified.
Results will be available starting on May 8, 2022. Winners will then be required to submit entries for US permanent residency, undergo background checks and interviews before they can immigrate to the US as permanent resident.