DV 2014 entries will only be accepted online at the official U.S. State Department site during the registration period which will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Visas are allocated to natives of countries with historically lower rates of U.S. immigration. Natives of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa program.For Fiscal Year 2014, 50,000 diversity visas (DV) will be available.
Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period.Entrant Status Check for DV-2014 will be available starting May 1, 2013, at the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. To check the DV entry status online, you need the information on your Submission Confirmation page. Therefore, it is essential you retain your confirmation number.