2025 US Visa Lottery application opened, closes November 7, 2023

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The U.S. Department of State has opened its online portal for applications to the 2025 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery starting October 4, 2023.

Prospective candidates have until November 7, 2023, to complete their submissions at

“The DV program only opens registration for a limited period of time each fiscal year. The #DV2025 Diversity Visa Program will be open for registration from October 4 to November 7, 2023.  This program allows people from countries with low U.S. immigration rates, who meet eligibility requirements, to register for a chance to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa., is the ONLY way to enter. Read the program instructions at 

This year’s Diversity Visa program open season is called “DV2025” because the individuals selected this season must apply for and receive their immigrant visa by September 30, 2025. 

For the fiscal year 2025, the State Department has allocated 55,000 green cards for foreign nationals.

The DV program extends an opportunity to individuals from countries, including Ghana, which have historically sent fewer immigrants to the United States, to obtain a coveted green card.

Annually, the Department of State oversees the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, established by statute.

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) outlines the category of “diversity immigrants” hailing from nations with traditionally low immigration rates to the U.S.

For the fiscal year 2025, a total of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be on offer, the State Department has announced.

Registering for the DV program does not incur any fees. However, selected applicants slated for an interview will need to cover a visa application fee before proceeding with the formal application process, where a consular officer will assess their eligibility for the visa.

Application Window

Entries for the DV-2025 program must be submitted electronically through between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, and 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

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