DV Lottery Requirements
DV Lottery - Native of Qualifying Country
As part of the DV Lottery requirements, you must claim nativity in an eligible country with a low immigration rate to the United
States. According to the DV Lottery Program, the "native country" is normally the applicant's country of
birth regardless of the person's country of residence or citizenship. Under Section
202 (b) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), however, it is possible
for applicants to participate in the DV Lottery program if they:
Note About DV Lottery Eligibility: Even if you are not eligible, if your spouse was born in a qualifying country,
you can claim his/her birth country on your own DV Lottery application. Additionally,
if you were born in an ineligible country but neither of your parents was born
or resided there, you can claim the birth country of your mother or father on
your own application. A statement of explanation will need to accompany your application.
- Are able to claim their spouse's country of birth.
- Are the minor (under 21 years of age) dependent of a parent born in an eligible country and can claim the country
of birth of that parent.
- Were born in an ineligible country of which neither
of their parents was a resident or a citizen at the time of the birth, and they
can therefore claim the country of birth of either the father or mother.
DV Lottery - Education and Training
All applicants for the DV 2018 Green Card Lottery must
have one of the following:
- A high school diploma or its equivalent,
meaning the successful completion of a 12-year elementary and secondary education
program.Note that a high school equivalency exam is not acceptable.
- Two years of work experience during the past five years in an occupation which requires
at least two years of training or two years of experience to perform.
DV Lottery - Age
There is no minimum age for participation in the DV Lottery Program. However, due to the
educational and training requirements for qualification at the time of issuance,
most persons under 18 years of age do not qualify.
DV Lottery - Further Info
For further information regarding the DV Lottery, please
contact the Green Card Lottery USA Association.
Note also that you can obtain further DV Lottery related info by checking out our
Green Card FAQ and
searching for specific questions about the DV Lottery Program.
Last, you can apply for the DV Lottery here.