On September 30, 2020, the Department of State released instructions on how to apply for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. 


For FY2022, up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. Registration begins on October 7, 2020, and will continue until November 10, 2020.


Individuals born in the following countries are not eligible to apply because more than 50,000 natives of those countries have immigrated to the United States in the past five years: 

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, 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 are eligible. It is notable that last year individuals born in Hong Kong SAR were also eligible, but this year, they are not.

The Department of State (DOS) recommends that applicants apply early and not wait until the last week when heavy demand could lead to website delays. Applicants must apply online. No late or paper entries will be accepted.

In order to receive final approval for a green card, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. 


If selected in the DV lottery you will need to complete an online visa application form and you will also be asked questions by a US consular officer, including questions about criminal and security-related topics.