On September 25, 2009, DOS published guidelines describing the application process for the 2009 Diversity Visa lottery program (DV-2009 Program). Applications for this program will be accepted from 12:00 p.m. EST on October 3, 2007, until 12:00 p.m. EST on December 2, 2007. Only electronic applications will be accepted for this program and there is no fee for submitting an application for the DV-2009 Program. The electronic DV-2009 Program application form can be accessed on the Internet at  www.dvlottery.state.gov. DOS instructions for completion of this application are available on the internet at  http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html

The DV-2009 Program makes diversity visas available to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Native of a Listed Country: To be eligible for the DV-2009 Program, an individual must be a “native” of one of the countries listed in the DV-2009 Program instructions. The listed countries are separated into the following geographic regions: (i) Africa; (ii) Asia; (iii) Europe; (iv) North America; (v) Oceania; and (vi) South America, Central America and the Caribbean. “Natives” of the following countries are not eligible for the DV-2009 Program: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. A person is generally a “native” of the country in which that person was born; however, in certain circumstances, an individual can also be considered a “native” of the country in which that person’s spouse or parents were born. 
  • Education and Work Experience Requirement: To be eligible for the DV-2009 Program, an individual must also have either (i) a high school or equivalent education; or (ii) two years of work experience in the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to fully perform. These jobs are further described in the State Department’s DV-2009 Program instructions.

A computer will select at random from the qualified applicants who have submitted the DV-2009 Program application within the time frame specified above. There are 50,000 diversity visas available for the DV-2009 Program. Applicants who are selected through the random lottery process will be notified by mail between May and June 2008 and will be provided with further instructions at that time.