The deadline for individuals to register for participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery is Nov. 3 at noon EST (GMT -5).

Applicants must apply online by submitting the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form at

The program provides 55,000 immigrant visas per year to individuals from countries with historically low levels of immigration to the U.S. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify and are selected through a randomized drawing.

Complete instructions are available at the State Department’s Diversity Visa Instructions page. Applicants should note that the online form is the only way to apply and that there is no cost to submit an entry form (though winners must pay government visa fees).

Lottery winners are selected through a random computerized process starting May 3, 2016 and continuing to Sept. 30, 2017. Applicants can find out if they are selected only by returning to the website and entering their unique confirmation number and personal information on the Entrant Status Check page. Lottery winners may apply for their green cards beginning Oct. 1, 2016.

BAL Analysis: Individuals seeking to register for the Diversity Lottery should do so immediately, as the State Department has cautioned applicants that the final week of registration will see heavy demand, which may cause website delays.

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