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FY 2022 Diversity Lottery Registration Opens 10/7

Posted October 2, 2020Stephanie Wedel - Sr. AssociateGreen Card

Online registration for the diversity lottery will open at 12pm EST on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 until 12pm EST on Tuesday, October 10, 2020.  The diversity lottery provides as many as 55,000 to randomly selected applicants.  Results will be announced in May 2021, and selected individuals can submit their green card applications as early as October 1, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

  • As the diversity lottery is open to those born in countries that have historically low rates of immigration, individuals born in the following countries are not eligible for the diversity lottery:
    • Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
  • Individuals who cannot register because they are born in the countries above may still qualify through a spouse who was born in an eligible country, or in some cases through a parent’s country of birth.
  • Individuals born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible to apply.
  • Individuals must have at least a high school education (or its equivalent) or at least 2 yars of qualifying work experience.

How to Register

  • Individuals must apply online and provide a digital photo. Applicants can include a spouse and children in their application.
  • Each individual is only permitted to enter once. If multiple entries are submitted all entries will be rejected.
  • Lottery entries must conform to the State Department lottery instructions. Entries and photos that don’t follow the instructions will be rejected.
  • Individuals will need to provide information from a valid passport.
  • Once registration is completed, a confirmation number is issued for individuals to track the application.

Selection and Notification

Lottery winners are decided by random computer selection and will be posted on the diversity lottery entry status website. The State Department does not reach out directly to selected individuals, but rather individuals will need to use the confirmation number to check the diversity lottery website to see if they were selected.

Please reach out to your designated Meltzer Hellrung attorney or with any questions.