October 20, 2017

DV-2019 Lottery entry period that began on October 3 has been closed due to a technical difficulty U.S Department of State (“DOS”) experienced. The DOS asserted that “[e]ntries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period will begin at noon, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and will run until noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday November 22, 2017. Only entries submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Please throw away any confirmation number or other documentation that you have if you submitted an entry during Oct. 3-10. Therefore, a new application must be submitted after October 18, 2017 even if the applicant submitted an application before October 10, 2017. The application can be filed online at www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Applicants from countries that are eligible to enter the U.S. State Department’s annual visa lottery program must have completed the equivalent of a high school-level education (U.S. standards), or within the last five (5) years have worked at least two (2) years in a qualifying occupation.