Sep 27, 2009
Diversity Visa Registration to open October 2, 2009
Online entry registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2011 will be available from October 2, 2009 through November 30, 2009. The congressional-mandated program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually. DVs for applicants who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. are selected randomly from all entries. Persons born in all countries except the following may apply: Brazil, Canada, China (Mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
State Department instructions on applying for the 2011 Diversity Lottery are available here.