How to Apply for the US’s 2025 Diversity Visa Lottery
The 2025 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program, commonly known as the Green Card program, has been opened by the US Department of State for individuals aspiring to reside and work in the United States (US).
In an official statement, the US Department announced that the program will kick off on October 4, with the deadline date set for November 7, 2023.
The State Department is providing 55,000 opportunities for foreign citizens to obtain green cards in this program.
According to the statement, registering for the DV program is cost-free. However, selectees scheduled for an interview will need to pay a visa application fee before making their formal application. During the interview, a consular officer will assess their eligibility for the visa.
Requirements for 2025 DV Lottery
All applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 12 years of primary and secondary school education, which is equivalent to a standard 12-year course in the United States.
There’s no specific minimum age requirement during the application process. However, the necessity of a high school education or relevant work experience might disqualify applicants under the age of 18.
Applicants should possess at least two years of work experience within the last five years.
The department will refer to the US Department of Labor’s database to verify the qualifying work experience. The database categorizes job experience into five job zones based on education, experience, and training levels required to perform the job.
Every applicant must hold a valid passport, and a passport number is mandatory during the application process.
The name provided should match the name on the passport. Clear instructions are provided regarding the order of listing names if the passport includes a first, middle, and last/family name, or if the applicant has only one name.
The department has identified 53 African countries whose residents are eligible to apply for the program due to their historically low immigration rates to the United States.
In case an applicant’s country is not on this list, they can still apply if their spouse or parents are natives of a country already listed.
How to Apply
Applicants need to register online through the US State Department’s website or visit a designated cyber center.
They should bring a passport-size photo, birth certificate or ID, and electronically submit their entry on the DV website.
It’s essential to avoid multiple or incomplete entries to prevent automatic disqualification. Applicants have until September 30, 2024, to check their entry status on the State Department’s website.