Full details of registration for US Green Card Lottery that begins today
Registration for the green card lottery program for the fiscal year 2024 (DV-2024) will begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and will run until Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
The green card lottery program, officially known as the Diversity Visa program, is run by the US State Department and makes on a lottery basis up to 55,000 green cards available to nationalities of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.
Popularly known as the Green Card, the DV Lottery program is the most popular way of legally migrating to the United States.
This is a lottery program where applications are made from October. The results are available for checking from May the following year.
Countries that have more than 50,000 of their citizens who immigrated to the US over the previous five years are excluded from participating in the program.
For DV-2024, the countries that are not eligible include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
To participate in the lottery, the entrant must be from an eligible country.
The entrant must also have either at least a high school education or two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.
Registration for entry into the lottery is done exclusively online by submitting Form DS-5501 on the DV program website and is free of charge.
Applicants who submit an entry will receive a confirmation number in their email. Only one entry per individual is permitted.
Those who submit multiple entries will be disqualified.
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Results will be available online on May 6, 2023. Winners will then be required to submit entries for US permanent residency, and undergo background checks and interviews before they can immigrate to the US as permanent residents.
The State Department reminds entrants that registration for the lottery is completely free of charge.
The Department does not charge any fee, and any website, individual or company claiming the Department charges a fee is trying to defraud entrants.
Additionally, the only legitimate way to register for the lottery is on the DV lottery website.
To be eligible to migrate to the US, those selected (including their qualifying family members) must be issued a permanent resident visa/green card by September 30, 2024.
Kenyan nationals, including those living in the US on valid non-immigrant visas, are eligible to participate in the lottery.