DV 2014 Program online applications will be accepted from Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) to Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period.The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Every DV lottery entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent as defined by local requirements or have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least three years of training or experience. Applicants who do not meet the educational or work experience requirements will be disqualified.
A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for Diversity Visas. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions globally, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years. Within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.