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2025 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 4

The State Department will make 55,000 green cards available to foreign citizens

Oct 1, 2023

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The U.S. Department of State will start accepting online applications for the 2025 Diversity Visa lottery on Wednesday, October 4, at noon EDT. Applicants will have until November 7, noon EDT to submit their applications.

For FY 2025, the State Department will make 55,000 green cards available to foreign citizens.

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The Diversity Visa program gives foreigners from countries that typically don’t send many immigrants to the United States the chance to receive a green card. The following countries aren’t eligible to apply for 2024: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Venezuela, and Vietnam.

The State Department recommends applying early in the registration period in case of any website delays due to high demand. Only one submission is allowed per person.

2025 Diversity Visa lottery registration opens

For more info, Boundless has put together a detailed guide on how to register for the green card lottery.

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