Application Deadline: November 7, 2023.
The Department of State oversees the annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, established by Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This program grants entry to a category of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2025, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be made available. Registration for the DV program is free, but those selected for an interview will be required to pay a visa application fee as part of the formal visa application process, during which a consular officer will assess their eligibility.
For DV-2025, individuals from the following countries and areas are not eligible to apply because over 50,000 natives from these places have immigrated to the United States in the past five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including mainland and Hong Kong born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Requirement #1: Natives of countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States may qualify. If you are not a native of such a country, there are two other ways you might be eligible:
- If your spouse is a native of a low-immigration country, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth, provided both of you are named on the selected entry, found eligible, issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.
- If you are not a native of a low-immigration country, but neither of your parents was born or legally resident in that country at the time of your birth, you may claim one of your parents’ country of birth if it is eligible for the DV-2025 program. More details are available in the Frequently Asked Questions.
Requirement #2: Each DV applicant must satisfy the education or work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:
- At least a high school education or its equivalent, which means successfully completing a 12-year formal elementary and secondary education program.
- Two years of work experience in the past five years in an occupation that demands at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience.
Official notifications of selection will be communicated through Entrant Status Check, available from May 4, 2024, to September 30, 2025, on the E-DV website (dvprogram.state.gov). The Department of State will not send selectee notifications or letters by regular mail or email. Any email or letter claiming selection for a DV that does not come from the Department of State is not legitimate. The Department of State will never ask you to send money by mail or through services like Western Union unless you are adjusting your status.
For More Information:
Visit the Official Website of the United States Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2025) Lottery.