The 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery begins October 4, 2011. Anyone interested in obtaining a green card to the United States can electronically apply before November 5, 2011 at noon.
To apply, applicants can find the Diversity visa’s electronic entry form at www.dvlottery.state.gov. There is no other ways to apply – there is no paper entry form. There is no fee associated with the diversity lottery.
What Is The Diversity Lottery?
The Department of State annually holds the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The program allows a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) to become available each year.
The “winners” of the lottery are randomly selected by a computer, and must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive a green card.
Due to statutory restraints, the following countries are ineligible to apply:
BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, 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.
Additionally nationals of Poland and Sudan are eligible this year.