Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery

EDV – Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as Green card Lottery is a congressionally mandated US lottery program for receiving a Permanent Resident Card of the United Sates.

The lottery program is conducted annually under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by the Department of State.

Electronic Diversity Visa


The Diversity Visa (DV) program was established by Immigration Act of 1990, where 55,000 immigrant visas would be available in an annual lottery, starting in the year 1995.

The main aim of the lottery was to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States in five years time.

Eligible Countries

Those born in any territory that has sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years are not eligible to receive a diversity visa. Rest of the people from all over the world can apply for the lottery and can become a permanent resident of the United States if they are fortunate enough.

When & How to apply?

Free online registration for EDV annually opens in the month of October and usually lasts for one month for which the result is published the next year. The result is based on a lucky draw performed by computerized equipment and the winners can fly to the United States in the following year permanently as a American citizen.

To apply for the EDV Lottery you can go to the official page of Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery at link: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.

Note: To apply for EDV Lottery, one must be intermediate (+2) passed and citizen of valid country to fill a EDV application. Also, all the information provided in the Verify Entrant must be True & Valid.

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