On October 3, 2007, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) began accepting applications for the 2009 Diversity Visa Program. Through this program, 50,000 permanent resident visas are available each year. Applications are randomly selected from lottery entrants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements. The 2009 Diversity Visa Program entry deadline is December 2, 2007, at noon EST. For more information, visit  http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html.