DV2024: Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery Program Application Now Open

The 2024 Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery Program application is now open for eligible applicants. It will interest you to know that the United State Department Web site for the 2024 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2024) is now accepting online registrations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery (started October 5, 2022 at noon EDT).

The State Department chooses lottery winners by random computer selection. Results will be published starting May 6, 2023 through September 30, 2024, on the official DV lottery entry status website.

Foreign nationals can learn whether they were selected only by visiting the official DV website and entering their confirmation number. The State Department does not notify entrants by letter, e-mail, fax or telephone. The official website is the only legitimate source of lottery results.

2024 Electronic Diversity Visa Program Application

Things that will be covered in this guide

DV Lottery 2024 opening date

The entry submission period for DV-2024 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 5, 2022 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 8, 2022. The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.

Make sure you read the DV-2024 Entry Instructions carefully. Entrants may be disqualified for not completing the entry form correctly or by submitting more than one entry. Read more about the instructions.

Entrants must submit an online form and a digital photo through the official DV lottery website.

DV Lottery 2024 eligible countries list

Individuals from countries with high rates of U.S. immigration are not eligible to register.

This year, those born in the following countries are ineligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

Individuals born in Macau SAR and Taiwan can participate.

Those who cannot register because their country of birth is excluded may be able to qualify through a spouse who was born in an eligible country or, in certain circumstances, through a parent’s country of birth.

Find out if your country is eligible for DV 2024 HERE

DV Lottery 2024 requirements

There are two requirements that must be met before you can enter the DV2024 Lottery:

  • Requirement 1: Natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States may be eligible to enter.

If you are not a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.

(i) Is your spouse a native of a country with historically low rates of immigration to the United States? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth – provided that you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States at the same time.

(ii) Are you a native of a country that does not have historically low rates of immigration to the United States, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2024 program.

  • Requirement 2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:

(i) at least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education;


(ii) two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience.

Note: You should not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements.

Passport Not Required for DV-2024

The requirement to have a valid passport for the DV Lottery will not apply for participation of 2024 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program. You don’t need a passport or passport number to apply for this years DV Lottery.

Find out more about passport not needed for DV-2024 lottery HERE

If you don’t have a passport, don’t worry, you’re still good to go, you can enter your application, no need for passport this year. Everybody has a chance to apply for DV Lottery 2024.

DV-2024 Lottery Photo Requirements

Photo is very important because the photo requirements is based on the passport photo of the United States of America. It’s based on the visa photo requirement of the United States of America and not requirements in your country.

DV 2024 lottery applicants must upload a recent photo of themselves and all co-applicants. You must upload an electronic file containing your digital photograph after you register for the DV 2024 lottery.

If you are entering the Diversity Visa (DV) Program online application, you must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your digital image must be:

  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size
  • In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)
  • 600×600 pixels in dimension

In addition to the digital image requirements, if you want to scan an existing photo, your existing photo must be:

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
  • Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)

Before beginning the entry process, verify that your picture and pictures for any dependents fully comply with DV entry photo requirements included in the DV-2024 instructions. Your case will be disqualified if you submit a non-compliant photo.

READ: DV 2024 Lottery Photo Requirements | DV Lottery Photo Checker

Entrants must submit an online form and a digital photo through the official DV lottery website. For examples of acceptable photos, read this instruction.

DISCLAIMER: This post and content is designed for general information only and is NOT legal advice. This site is not offering any Diversity Visa and is not the official site for DV Lottery program. The information presented in this post should not be construed to be formal legal advice.

If you have any questions about the DV lottery, please contact an immigration professional/officer or a licensed attorney.