As previously reported, the congressionally mandated Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV Program) is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants), making available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated random lottery drawing. Entries for the DV-2010 lottery must be submitted electronically by noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, December 1, 2008. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.  

The DOS will only accept completed Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Forms submitted at during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants should also be sure to follow instructions regarding the technical specifications for the submission of a digital photo.

For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2010 Diversity Visa lottery on the DOS Consular Affairs Web site here. Further instructions can also be found here.