Annually, the United States government issues a maximum of 50,000 green cards through a computer-generated random lottery drawing. Applications for the DV-2018 random lottery will be accepted from noon (EDT) (GM-4) Tuesday, October 4, 2016 through noon (EST) (GM-5) Monday, November 7, 2016. Paper entries will not be accepted, eligible participants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) to apply during this period. Early entry is recommended and they strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter!
These green cards are only available to those eligible participants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Please check the “INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2018 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2018)” for the complete list of countries/areas whose natives are eligible for DV-2018.
Note: Please review the list of countries/areas whose natives are eligible for DV-2018 because it also includes the countries that are not eligible. Natives of countries that sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years are not eligible.