This page is for information purposes only and should not be used as legal advice.  U.S. immigration law is extremely detailed and each case should be considered on an individual basis to ensure the best possibility of success.
 
Application for the U.S. Visa Lottery

Every year the Department of State issues online applications for a Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery which is open to persons born in certain countries.  The DV lottery offers up to 55,000 permanent resident visas (green cards) each year to randomly selected applicants from certain countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  The DV Lottery is open to applicants who either have a high school equivalent level of education or two years work experience in the last five years in an occupation which requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.  The DV Lottery drawings are selected randomly by computer and the successful applicants are notified by mail.  The Department of State does not charge any fees for entry in the electronic DV Lottery.  However, selected applicants who immigrate to the United States following selection are expected to pay all immigration application fees for themselves and their immediate family members (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21).