Diversity Visa Program


DV-2018 Program: Online Registration

Online registration for the DV-2018 Program begins on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2018 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov . 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 by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. Also submitting the same photograph that was submitted with last year’s entry (DV-2017) will result in disqualification.

There is no cost to submit an entry form. We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without any agent or facilitator who offers to help.  It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of your entry status.

Instructions for the DV-2018 Visa Lottery Program are available on the website of the State Department. DV-2017 Instructions in French are available here.