Diversity Visa Lottery
The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 55,000 diversity visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. For additional general information about the program, please consult the Department of State's page on the Diversity Visa Lottery.
Diversity Visa Lottery Scams
We are seeing a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa Lottery applicants. Many of the scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government. If you or someone you know is trying to get a green card - the right to live in the United States permanently - then you should be on the lookout for unscrupulous businesses and attorneys. Many of these individuals will claim that for a fee, they can make it easier to enter the Lottery or that they can increase your chances of winning the Lottery. Some companies posing as the U.S. government have sought money in order to "complete" entry forms.
The U.S. Government does NOT charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. The Department of State does NOT notify successful DV applicants by letter or email. You can check the status of your entry by returning to the official Diversity Visa website at to find out if your entry was selected. To learn more about these scams, please see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.