State Department Announces DV 2018 Lottery Application Dates: October 4 to November 7, 2016
September 20, 2016
The State Department just released its instructions for the DV 2018 Lottery for a chance to secure one of the 50,000 green cards available this next fiscal year (FY 2018). The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program was mandated by Congress to allow immigration from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.
Individuals from the following countries are NOT eligible to apply because more than 50,000 nationals of these countries immigrated to the U.S. in the previous 5 years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Last year, individuals from Ecuador were not eligible.
We recommend applicants closely review the instructions and FAQs provided by the State Department.