Green Card Lottery Information - step-by-step instructions


Press Release US Dept. of State

Instructions and Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Qualifying Countries

Sample Entry Form

Step-by-step Instructions




Each year 50,000 green cards are made available through the 'Diversity Visa Lottery', better known as the Green Card Lottery. Millions of people from around the world enter this lottery, in search for an opportunity to live and work in the United States.

Several million entries were rejected in previous lotteries, mostly due to errors made by the applicants on their entry forms or envelopes. This might have been your application. Did you ever ask yourself why you were not selected? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you should make absolutely sure your entry form is completed accurately and submitted in the precise manner dictated by the lottery instructions.

Effective this year, all applicants who register to participate in the Diversity Visa lottery program must do so electronically through a designated Internet website, The website will become operational, and applicants may access the website between Saturday, November 1, 2003, and Tuesday, December 30, 2003, to fill out the electronic diversity visa entry form. Paper entries and mail-in requests for diversity visa registration will no longer be accepted.

Most of the applicants fill out their own entry form. Some make use of lawyers or other agencies to enhance their chance of being selected. If you use one of these types of services, you will have to pay for it. In some cases applicants have paid a lot of money, but still haven't had any luck in the lottery. So why throw your money out of the window when you can fill out the entry form by yourself?

We have provided step-by-step instructions for several different scenarios. All you have to do is find the scenario that fits your own situation. Then you just fill out your own entry form exactly the same way we have done with ours. Remember to use your own name and address instead of the ones in our examples. Make sure you fill out your application during the 60 day registration period. And that's it!

All DV-2005 lottery entries must be submitted between Saturday, November 1, 2003 and Tuesday, December 30, 2003.

Good luck!


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