Green Card Through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The DV Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
Registration for the Diversity Visa 2019 green card lottery runs from noon on Oct. 3 through noon on Nov. 7.
The U.S. Department of State advises that you not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays.
The qualifying countries are the same as last year. Natives of all countries qualify EXCEPT Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. People born in Hong Kong , Macau , and Taiwan are eligible.
Winners get their visas during the 2019 fiscal year that runs from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. Some in Congress want to end the Diversity Visa program, so if you qualify it is best to enter this year.