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Calendar Year 2017 Green Card Lottery ("DV-2019"). Registration for the 2016 green card lottery is now closed. Please see our FAQ page for the calendar year 2016 rules and new visa eligible countries. Our book, Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide helps you through every step if you wish to enter yourself. It is available on Google Play. You can also enter the calendar year 2017 lottery ("DV-2019") now, but only via a paid lottery service provider.

Check our Green Card Lottery Dates and Deadlines below for the calendar year 2016, 2015, and 2014 Diversity Visa Lotteries. Check your winning status for last year's 2016 lottery ("DV-2018") beginning May 1, 2017 at:

Disclaimer: is not affiliated with the U.S. Government. We provide information to enter the diversity visa program for free in October at the official government website or via a paid lottery service any time of year. Our annual book, "Win the Green Card Lottery," has tips for entering and critical suggestions for winners not provided by the government. All forms on our website are free and link directly to either the U.S. DOS or USCIS.

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Green Card Lottery Dates and Deadlines
(DV-2016 to DV-2018)

GC Lottery Deadline
Calendar year of lottery registration 2014 2015 2016
Fiscal year visas are awarded to Diversity Visa (DV) winners 2016 2017 2018
First day to file DV registration October 1, 2014 October 1, 2015 October 4, 2016
Last day to file DV registration November 3, 2014 November 3, 2015 November 7, 2016
First day online status checking is available May 5, 2015 May 3, 2016 TBD, 2017
First day KCC accepts emails at for winner status August 1, 2015 August 1, 2016 August 1, 2017
Last day of previous U.S. Fiscal Year September 30, 2015 September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017
First day of listed U.S. Fiscal Year October 1, 2015
(FY 2016)
October 1, 2016
(FY 2017)
October 1, 2017
(FY 2018)
Winner interviews begin at U.S. Consulates and Embassies October 1, 2015 October 1, 2016 October 1, 2017
Last day online status checking is available June 30, 2016 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2018
Last day to receive a permanent resident visa September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2018
Last day of listed U.S. Fiscal Year September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017 September 30, 2018
Last day to enter U.S. (6 months after receiving visa) March 31, 2017 March 31, 2018 March 31, 2019

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Win the Green Card Lottery! includes tips to help you every step of the way throughout the visa process from registering for the green card lottery, to checking your winning application. If you check your status and won, we explain Your Ranking Number and the Visa Bulletin; Choosing Between AOS and Consular Processing; Applying for an Immigrant Visa at a U.S. Consulate; Required Documents; Your Interview with the U.S. Consulate; Consular Denials; General AOS Processing Steps; How to Handle your USCIS Green Card (Adjustment of Status) Interview; and Denials. We also include tips to avoid common but lesser-known mistakes in the final stages of getting your immigrant visa.

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