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Diversity Visa 2024 Program
October 17, 2022

Diversity Visa

DV- 2024 Program


The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated 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.

Entry Instructions and guidance

The DV-2024 registration period is scheduled to open on OCTOBER 5, 2022 and will close on NOVEMBER 8, 2022.

Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website: dvlottery.state.gov/ during the registration period.

DV instructions also are available on the Department of State public webpage at Diversity Visa program

The Department accepts DV entries ONLY through the E-DV site, which has complete instructions.  There is no fee to enter.  All entrants must print and retain their online confirmation page after completing their DV entries so that they will be able to check their entry status as explained below.

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 registration period –   Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. 

Entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov  to see if their entry was selected.


It is very important for entrants to keep a record of their unique confirmation number until at least September 30, 2024.  The confirmation number is the only way to check whether an entry has been selected and to obtain visa application and appointment information, if selected.  The unique confirmation number helps to protect DV entrants against fraud, malfeasance, and problems with the mail.




    • Successful entrants are NOT notified by email. Any email claiming to notify entrants they have been selected for the DV program is not legitimate. Entrants can only access information on their application through the online Entrant Status check at: dvlottery.state.gov


    • Entering the lottery is free. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a scam artist.


    • Any emails from the Department will ONLY alert entrants to perform an Entrants Status Check. Our email communications will NOT provide selectee notifications, will NOT direct recipients to pay fees, will NOT provide application instructions, and will not detail visa interview dates and times. This information is ONLY available by directly accessing Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.


To learn more, follow the Department of State link: Fraud Warning