Foreign nationals interested in entering the fiscal year 2024 Diversity Visa Program are reminded that registration ends Tuesday, Nov. 8, at noon EST.

Key Points:

  • The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program provides up to 55,000 immigrant visas (green cards) to people from countries with historically low levels of immigration to the United States. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and are selected through a computerized lottery.
  • Registration to participate in the lottery opened on Oct. 5. Entries will not be accepted after the Nov. 8 deadline, and individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.
  • Applicants must apply online by submitting the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form available at the E-DV website. Paper applications are not accepted.
  • Lottery winners will be selected at random. Registrants will be given a confirmation number they may use to check whether they have been selected starting May 6, 2023, on the E-DV website.

Additional Information: Before beginning the entry process, applicants should verify that their picture and pictures for dependents meet the DV entry photo requirements included in the DV-2024 instructions. Cases will be disqualified if photos do not meet the requirements. Photo examples can be found here. Registrants are reminded that the registration process is free and that the only way to enter the lottery and obtain lottery results is via the State Department’s E-DV website.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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