What countries can you choose and how to apply
Do you want to live in the United States? Registration opens next Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
The United States Government has announced that online registration for the Diversity Visa Program 2024, commonly known as the “Visa Lottery or Visa Lottery,” will begin at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 until the same time on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
What is the visa lottery?
The program was created in 1990 to welcome immigrants from countries that have historically had very low rates of immigration to the United States. It is often referred to as the green card lottery because those who receive green cards are chosen at random from a list of eligible applicants.
The Department of State, which administers the program, has announced that 55,000 immigrant visas or green cards will be issued by 2024. Registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) program is free.
Prospective applicants must register through the portal dvprogram.state.govHowever, they must first meet strict eligibility requirements. Only some countries will be able to participate.
What countries will participate in the 2024 visa lottery?
The Department of State issues diversity visas in six geographic regions, and no state qualifies for more than 7 percent of available diversity visas.
Eligible countries this time are:
From the African continent:
Angola, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Gabon , Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Saint Petersburg, Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Somalia South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the Old Continent (Europe):
Albania, Germany, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan , Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau EEZ, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and the Vatican.
Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Central and South America and the Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay.
What countries cannot participate in the visa lottery?
The United States does not allow people from countries with high immigration to participate. Citizens of the following countries are not eligible to apply for the 2024 edition, as more than 50,000 people have immigrated to the United States from these countries in the past five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Dominican Republic, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela and Vietnam.
If you are from a high immigration country, how can you participate? If your country is not eligible, there are still two ways to participate in the Diversity Visa Program.
1) If your spouse is from a country with a historically low rate of immigration in the United States, you can include your spouse’s country of birth, as long as you apply at the same time.
2) If your parents were born in the respective country at the time of birth, you can also apply for courses with this nationality.
Green Card Lottery 2024 Registration Requirements
According to the information provided by the US Department of State, the eligibility requirements are:
- At least a high school diploma or equivalent i.e. receiving 12 years of formal primary and secondary education.
- Two years of work experience in the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training.
How to register for the 2024 visa lottery?
To register for the program, you must access the portal https://dvprogram.state.gov/ On the specified date (between October 5, 2022 and 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 8, 2022). Due to the large number of applications received, it is recommended to register as soon as possible; 14 million people participated between 2016 and 2018, according to US State Department records.
What happens if I am selected for a Diversity Visa?
Results will be available from May 6, 2023 until at least September 30, 2024.
The lucky ones must submit a Green Card application using Form DS-260 and will then participate in an interview.
In addition, they must have sufficient financial resources to live in the United States in the year the visa is issued (2024).
Only one entry per person is allowed; Additional participation will be disqualified.