The U.S. Department of State’s 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery online registration process begins at 12:00 p.m., Eastern on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.? It will be available until 12:00 p.m., Eastern on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. ?Paper entries will not be accepted; applications must be submitted electronically. The electronic entry form is available at:

The Department of State?s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program provides 50,000 diversity visas every year.? These visas are selected through a lottery system from entries by persons who meet stipulated eligibility requirements from countries with lower levels of immigration to the United States. Diversity visa applicants must have at least a high school education or two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience.? In the latter case, the experience must have been gained within the past five years.

Diversity Visa lottery winners will be notified through the Entry Status Check at: It should be noted that those selected in the random drawing are not notified by email. ?Those selected through the lottery system will receive further instructions, including information on fees for immigration to the United States.

It is best to apply early in the process, as there tends to be heavy demand for the Diversity Visa Lottery.? Applying early helps to avoid delays in processing due to high demand.? For further information, please contact us at: