Guide to DV-2011 Green Card Lottery - How to, FAQ and Application Information

Green Card Lottery (DV-2011) Quick Start

  1. Check your eligibility and requirements (see details below)
  2. Apply online: Begin SSL Entry or Begine Standard Entry (application is free. Deadline is: Nov. 30, 2009)
  3. Check your status on or after July 1, 2010.

DV-2011 REGISTRATION PERIOD - (NOW OPEN till Nov 30, 2009)

Entries for the DV-2011 DV lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 30, 2009. Applicants may apply online during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EST, on November 30, 2009.

Green card lottery background

The US congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 and provides for a class of immigrants known as â