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Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery)


Photos & Registration | Eligibility & Requirements | Procedures for Submitting

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). For Fiscal Year 2019, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program.

"Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period will begin at noon, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and will run until noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday November 22, 2017. Only entries submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Please throw away any confirmation number or other documentation that you have if you submitted an entry during Oct. 3-10"
  • Online registration for the DV 2019 Program begins on noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday October 18, 2017 and ends at and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
  • Applicants may access the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV)
  • Paper entries will not be accepted. 
Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.

Photos & Registration

Some of our Libraries can take a digital photo of you and provide laptops for online registration. This service is only available during limited hours, as listed below.


Grand Concourse Library *No photography service provided
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • October 24



  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • October 25, 26, 27. November 13, 14, 20, 21.
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • October 21, 28. November 4


Eligibility and Requirements

For DV-2019, natives of the following countries 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, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

There were no changes in eligibility this year.

Eligibility Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter. 
EligibilityRequirement #2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program.

Please see the full instructions for detailed information. If a person cannot meet either of these requirements, they are not eligible to submit an entry to the DV program.

Procedures for Submitting an Entry to DV-2019

The Department of State will only accept completed Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Forms (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), submitted electronically during the registration period between noon, Eastern Daylight Time Wednesday,  October 18,  2017  and ends at and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Wednesday, November 22, 2017. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.

All entries by an individual will be disqualified if more than ONE entry for that individual is received, regardless of who submitted the entry. A person may prepare and submit their own entry, or have someone submit the entry for them. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.

After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. Starting May 1, 2018, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. You must use Entrant Status Check to check if you have been selected for DV-2019 and if selected, to check your immigrant visa interview appointment date. The U.S. government will not inform you directly.  All DV-2019 entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2019 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at beginning May 1, 2018, through at least September 30, 2019.  

How do I begin the application process?

It is highly recommended you make sure your digital photo(s) meet all the requirements (see questions below) before you attempt to fill out the application. Photographs submitted must be a recent photograph, taken within the last 6 months. Once you have done all the necessary preparation, you can start your application.

How do I know my digital photo(s) meet the requirements?

Like passport photos, there are strict requirements for the composition, format and size of the photos you upload as part of the application. See the website for tips and examples of proper composition. If your digital photos meet the composition requirements, you can use this "photo check" to make sure they also meet the format (JPEG) and size requirements.

My digital photo(s) do not meet the requirements. Can I fix it at the library?

Yes. If you only need to change the format or size, or remove (“crop”) extra space around the sides, and if you feel comfortable following the instructions below, you can make an appointment and do this on a library computer. If you require more assistance with your digital photos, it is highly recommended you visit the library at the locations and times listed where more help can be provided.