The Department of State recently announced the opening of the registration period for the 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As in past years, the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent residence in the United States if they are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Entries for the DV-2015 lottery must be submitted electronically between noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and noon EDT on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries are not accepted. 

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State. As in past years, FY-2015 natives of the following countries remain ineligible  to apply for the DV lottery because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born),  Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Additionally, and in a change from prior years, natives of Nigeria are no longer eligible for the Program. Persons born in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan remain eligible. 

Instructions for entering the DV-2015 diversity lottery are available at http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2015_Instructions.pdf.