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USA 2025 Diversity Visa Program to live and Work in the US: APPLY NOW!

The US State Department Web site for the 2025 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2025) is now open. The entry submission period for DV-2025 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 4, 2023 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 7, 2023. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.

Diversity Visa Program Program Overview

The Department of State annually administers the statutorily created Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2025, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available.

There is no cost to register for the DV program, but selectees who are scheduled for an interview will
be required to pay a visa application fee prior to making their formal visa application where a consular officer will determine whether they qualify for the visa.

Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a DV. The Department of Statedetermines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.

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For DV-2025, natives of the following countries and areas are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, The People’s Republic of China (including mainland and Hong Kong born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible. With the exception of the United Kingdom and its dependent territories, which are now eligible for DV-2025, there were no changes in eligibility from the previous fiscal year.

Diversity Visa Program Eligibility
Requirement #1: Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States may be eligible to enter.
If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.

  • Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of
    immigration to the United States? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s
    country of birth – provided that you and your spouse are named on the
    selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the
    United States at the same time.
  • Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of
    immigration to the United States, but in which neither of your parents was
    born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may
    claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose
    natives are eligible for the DV-2025 program. For more details on what
    this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
    Requirement #2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience
    requirement of the DV program by having either:
  • at least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful
    completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary
  • two years of work experience within the past five years in an
    occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to
    perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of
    Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work
    For more information about qualifying work experience, see the Frequently Asked
    You should not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these

Diversity Visa Program Entry period
Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2025 program electronically at between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 4, 2023, and 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result
in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry per person during each entry period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Submission of more than one entry for a person will disqualify all entries for that person.



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