Green Card Lottery application form is a special electronic form which can be found via Internet on the official website of the Department of Consular Affairs at https://dvlottery.state.gov/
The period for registration is open annually for the participants all over the world but not the whole year. You need to know that the period for submitting your entry lasts few month each year and as statistics shows the first participants have the biggest chances to win the green card lottery. You need to be ready to enter to the system and have all the information near you to register your green card application form as quick as possible but avoiding mistakes.
The online form is the only possible way to join the green card lottery program. Since 2005 no paper forms of applications was accepted. The online form which you will be fulfilling calls Form DS-5501 Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form which is available only during the period when the registration for the green card lottery open. That is why you can’t find any ways to download a PDF form but electronic form available when the lottery starts.
Here is a list of the information you will need as soon as you will see the application form on the site to be filled up by you.
You must provide the following information to complete your entry:
- name – last/family name, first name, middle name (if you have it) – exactly as written in your passport
- gender – male or female
- date of birth – day, month and a year
- city where you were born
- country where you were born
- country of eligibility for the DV program
- entrant photograph(s)
- mailing Address (Address Line 1/Address Line 2, City/Town, District/Country/Province/State, Postal Code/Zip Code, Country)
- country where you live nowadays
- your personal phone number (optional)
- active e-mail address
- your highest level of education
- your current marital status
- number of children you have
Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted.The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries.
Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. The system will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to submit an entry form. We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If someone helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of your entry status.
When the time to check your entry come, you won’t get any notification about your win to your electronic address. However, if you win the green card lottery and you respond to the official letter that you will receive from the Kentucky Consular Center which is KCC, you may get the follow-up instructions from there by e-mail address which must be typed properly and correct during the application form filling.
Be wary if someone offers to keep this information for you. You also should retain access to the email account listed in your E-DV entry.
As soon as you finish your green card application form you will see the window with the message that your registration is finished.
The KCC was established in 2000 by United States Department of States to take over administration of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program from the National Visa Center which is situated in New Hampshire, city of Portsmouth. U.S. Department of State Kentucky Consular Center is located in Kentucky city of Williamsburg.
Remember! There is no any fees for the registration in the green card lottery and also there is no payment for the filling up the application form. The application is free.