The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2009) makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas (“green cards”) each year to persons from countries with lower rates of immigration to the United States. The DV-2009 Lottery begins at Noon EDT on October 3, 2007, and ends at Noon EST on December 2, 2007.

Applicants for DV-2009 are chosen by a random computer-generated lottery drawing. There is no cost to apply for DV-2009 and interested applicants may apply online on the Department of State website at