US Department of State
Countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States
The Department of State annually administers the statutorily created Diversity
Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act
(INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from
countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal
The year 2024, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to
register for the DV program.
Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict
eligibility requirements to qualify for a DV. The Department of State
determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of
State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single
country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one
DV-2024 Program: The online registration period for the DV-2024 Program begins on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) and concludes on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). Submission of more than one entry for a person will disqualify all entries for that person.