The 2025 Diversity Visa Program is now open!
The Department of State annually administers the statutorily created Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.
For Fiscal Year 2025, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program, but selectees who are scheduled for an interview will be required to pay a visa application fee prior to making their formal visa application where a consular officer will determine whether they qualify for the visa.
Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a DV. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing.
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Here is all the information you need to know about the 2025 Diversity Visa Program and how to make an online application for the American Visa Lottery 2025 (DV-2025).
Who qualifies for 2025 American Visa Lottery 2025(US Diversity Visa Program)?
To enter the program, individuals must be citizens of qualifying countries, determined by the number of immigrants who have come to the United States from that country in the past five years, and meet basic educational requirements:
Country Eligibility For American Visa Lottery 2025
For DV-2025, natives of the following countries and areas are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, The People’s Republic of 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.
Natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.
With the exception of the United Kingdom and its dependent territories, which are now eligible for DV-2025, there were no changes in eligibility from the previous fiscal year.
Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States may be eligible to enter.
If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.
- Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth – provided that you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States at the same time.
- Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of immigration to the United States, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2025 program.
Requirement 2: Education/Work experience
Individuals must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, defined as successful
completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education;
years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s database to determine qualifying work experience
Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2025 Program
Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2024 program electronically at dvprogram.state.gov with the entire “E-DV Entry Form” completed.
Failure to accurately include all the required information may make you ineligible for a DV.
The following information is required to complete the process:
- Name — last name, first name, middle name — as it appears on your passport
- Date of birth — day, month year
- City of birth
- Country of birth
- Country of eligibility for the DV-2024 program
- Passport number
- Recent photograph (of the applicant, spouse and children) that meets the Department of State’s requirements
- Postal address
- Country of current residence
- Phone number (optional)
- Highest academic level achieved
- Current marital status
- Number of children
How To Apply for the American Visa Lottery 2025
- Visit the DV-2024 program website at dvprogram.state.gov
- At the Entry Form section, select Begin Entry
- Enter the numbers/letters that appear to complete the authentication in order to be sent to the forms page
- Once the entry form opens, fill in the form with your legal information accordingly.
- Submit form after filling
- You will be given a Confirmation number and digital signature when the registration turns out to be successful.
- You are required to either print the page or make a record of the confirmation number before closing the window. You will not be able to retrieve this number after you close this window.
- You must retain your confirmation number in order to check your entry status via Entrant Status Check starting May 6, 2023 to determine whether your entry was selected for further processing in the 2024 Diversity Visa Program.
- You will be REQUIRED to enter your confirmation number in combination with other personal information in order to check on your entry status.
- Selectees will not receive selectee notifications or letters by regular postal mail from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).
American Visa Lottery 2025 Entry period
Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2025 program electronically at dvprogram.state.gov between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 4, 2023, and 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
The law allows only one entry per person during each entry period.
The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Submission of more than one entry for a person will disqualify all entries for that person.
Selection of Entries
Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries.
All DV-2025 entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2025 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program.
Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at dvprogram.state.gov from May 4, 2024, through at least September 30, 2025.
If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page providing further instructions, including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States.
Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection for DV-2025. The Department of State will not mail notification letters or notify selectees by email.
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