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Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery)

Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Jennifer Frankel

The entry period for the 2010 Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery program, otherwise known as the Green Card Lottery, is now open. The window to submit your application begins noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4), Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and ends noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4), Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

The lottery is described by the US Government as:

The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Essentially the lottery is a window for people from around the world to apply for a green card to work in the USA. There are some requirements such as:

  1. every diversity visa entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
  2. natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2010: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

If you meet the initial criteria, you are eligible to apply for the lottery – but beware! There are many scams surrounding the lottery program, and some even charge you to apply for the lottery. The lottery is free to apply and the main websites you will need to visit are:

Main Application Page (free of charge to apply) –

More Detailed Information about the Lottery –

Keep to these websites, and good luck!

60 Responses to “Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery)”


    i want to continous my study at USA.

  2. chhay minea Says:

    i want to study at usa

  3. chanborey Says:

    Now i’m in BA of International Relations. I’d love to continue my study in US.

  4. lay treivichka Says:

    Now i was studying BA of Science and BA of English ! i would like to exchange my study to USA !

  5. rendolphe Says:

    i want to study at usa.i’m in benin in the wester of africa

  6. rendolphe Says:

    i want to study at usa.i’m in benin in the western of africa

  7. Student Forums Says:

    Student forums are a great place for students to exchange information with one another.

  8. nassima bellal Says:

    i hope to get the green card to have the opportunity to study in USA

  9. ilesanmi ayodeji Says:

    i am agraduate and i will like to continue my education in us

  10. Andrews Yeboah Says:

    i have completed senior high school and live in Italy at the moment but i would like to further my education in the United States.

  11. perpetua Says:

    Please , how do i study abroad? I am an undergraduate and i want to do my degree at abroad and i need your help in order for me to further.

    Waiting for your reply.
    Thanks and God bless you.

  12. Olorogun Okeoghene Says:

    what are the selection criteria for classifying a winner in the UNITED STATE DIVERSITY VISA LOTTEY PROGRAMME?

  13. Akinwale Says:

    I wish to study in the U.S . Pls how can you help me. I am an undergraduated please I need some explainations

  14. Ghebrehiwet Says:

    my name is Ghebrehiwet Ghebremedhin Amare from Eritrea. I have Bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Asmara. Currently I am working at the Ministry of Agriculture as Monitoring and Evaluation Junior Expert. I have a wish to continue my higher education, beyond the financial problems I encountered with.Moreover, I have tried so many times with DV lottery, however yet I didn’t win at all. How can I make my dream true? if there is any means please don’t hesitate to suggest.
    Kind Regards!!

  15. chima Says:

    i love U.S

  16. englibert mzola Says:

    am s student at tanzania…and am now at my finishing pint ofthe study…so i prefers to takemy maters in u.s tha t is all i want to do with greencard

  17. kiran Says:

    My baby has just born around one month ago. Do I have to put his photo on the dependent section of edv. If so then what kind of photo the baby will have since my baby can not sit upright. Please suggest. Thank you.

  18. Chung Kalis Says:

    @admin: I must say your site is the first I’ve come across today that doesn’t have spelling errors every other line. Thanks for taking the time to construct something that doesn’t look like a 5th grader put together. Sorry, just had to vent.

  19. yuker Says:

    If you just want to study in u.s. you don’t need green card. Get F1 visa, it’s assured and easier.
    I heard applying to lottery makes it difficult to get F1 visa and/or working visa, since that implies you want to stay and live in u.s. even after you finish your education or business.

  20. opara ijeoma chisom elsie Says:

    I love USA. Iam a registered nurse and i desire to live,work and study in USA.

  21. lawrence larry eneji odey Says:

    it will be my great pleasure to live,study for my masters and work in the United States Of America.i also love Obama.

  22. jhon Says:

    hello I want to share my experience.
    I had won the DV visa. you have to follow all the instructions that appears on the web page.
    But also I recommend you to have stablished life wherever you live (education or job) or both of them.
    good luck!!

  23. Adeleke noah adeniyi Says:

    I want to continue edu. Am orphan please help me. Am strungle to survive pay my school

  24. Md.jahid hossain. Says:

    I am a university student,I want to complete my education part in USA .so I need help for this.

  25. michael Says:

    I have Bachelor degree in Religious Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, kumasi-Ghana. Currently I am serving the Department of Religious Studies as Teaching Assistance. It’s been my wish to pursue masters Religious Studies in USA.If there is any means please don’t hesitate to link me up.

  26. keshav sharma Says:

    i hav completed my bachalour and now i want to study forther in usa

  27. TCHOULI KETSIECKBETH serge christian Says:

    good morning dear !I hope study chimiq in the better conditions than here in cameroon.I which to brink my hown contribution in the aids
    science rechearch.that is my dream.

  28. chekwubechukwu Says:

    i love us and wish my masters program is there

  29. Ella Ivory Says:

    It’s a shame it is not open to UK, do you know why that is? The only reason I can think of is that there are to may UK citizens there already

  30. Linda chi Says:

    I have completed my NATIONAL DIPLOMA in ACCOUNTING and wish 2 continue with other program’s in U.S pls help me.

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  32. Dr. Surafel Says:

    i want democracy i want fredom i have to won this year Dv oh i am tiied with a lot of dirty mess GOD BLESS AMERICA coz USA is the sprite of the world the hope of individuals like me who seek freedom who hate being… what ever you say i love america and i knew God creates America for the sek of us……Long LIve For Americans and For Freedom seekers Let God Be With you.

  33. Dr. Abebu Says:

    I like to did my SECOND dgree in USA

  34. Microsoft SSL VPN Says:

    I have listened that Usa is going to be very strict on Student visa. God knows I will be successful or not!!

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  36. Adebisi Dauda O Says:

    I’m Nigeria undergraduate from one of the recognised universities. I love Nigeria & also love America, I pray dat, I’m selected to U.S.A in 2012 dv lottery, so that, I can by God grace achieve my aim. God bless Nigeria God bless America, amen…

  37. marocup Says:

    merci bouceaup..

  38. makinde risikat olawunmi Says:

    I’m an undergraduate in a polytechnic in Nigeria.Am hoping for a better tomorrow and i believe my coming to study in America will take me to where i hope for in the nearest future.I believe America is a country of hope for the dead to live.I will be glad if am given the opportunity to finish my BSC in America.

  39. rinu Says:

    i am born in india my family also did i can apply electronic diversity lottary

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  41. Oke olanrewaju o Says:

    Am interesting to join you over there. I believe by stay in united state i can be able to maximase my potential. Please help

  42. Bharat Chaudhary Says:

    I am From Nepal and I want to stay and work in US for better life.


    studying at USA have been my big i pray for selection to live,work and study in USA.

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