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Diversity Visa Lottery Program – 2011

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DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 30, 2009. Paper entries will not be accepted.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and provides a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, 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 period of the past five years.

For DV-2011, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:

BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

It is encouraged that applicants do not wait until the last week as there may be website delays due to heavy demand. One can access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form at


Written by MithrasLaw

October 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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  1. just submitted my DV 2011 application after doing the digital photos cropping for free with

    good luck to me!


    October 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    • Shelly Thanks for visiting our blog.

      Good luck with your DV 2011 application!

      All information provided is for general informational and education purposes only as a service to our readers and based upon our understanding of the law and facts as we see them. We do not assume any liability and it does not constitute legal advice. Please use at your own risk


      October 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm

  2. i am surprise and disturbed with so many website talking about the America DV programs but many of them are asking money,which is the right one.

    kum john muo

    October 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm

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