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Registration for Green Card Lottery in Kenya to open in October

By Hilary Kimuyu September 28th, 2023 2 min read

Registration for the green card lottery program for fiscal year 2025 (DV-2025) is expected to begin in the first week of October 2023.

The U.S. Department of State will start accepting online applications for the 2025 Diversity Visa lottery in the first week of October 2023. Applicants will have until the end of the first week of November 2023 to submit their applications.

The green card lottery program, officially known as the Diversity Visa program, runs for one month between October and November each year.

The US State Department runs the program and makes available on a lottery basis up to 55,000 green cards to nationalities of countries with a history of low rates of immigration to the United States.

The State Department recommends applying early in the registration period in case of any website delays due to high demand. Only one submission is allowed per person.

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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.

Kenya has one of the highest number of winners in the world.

For an applicant to be issued an immigrant visa, they must have a high school education or the equivalent or have proof of having worked for two years in an occupation that needs two years’ training or experience in the last five years.

The green card, also called a permanent resident card, is an identification document affirming a foreigner’s residency status in the US.

It proves the holder is a lawful permanent resident and has been officially granted immigration benefits, including permission to live and work in the US.

The document shows that the person is a legal permanent resident of the US.

A cardholder is accorded all protection and rights under the US law, has the right to live and work in the US, even though not a US citizen, and pays US taxes.

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.

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