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October 6, 2022

The Department of State announced the beginning of the Diversity Visa 2024 Program (DV-2024).

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) each year, drawn from random selection among all entries, to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Applicants may submit entries for the DV-2024 program electronically at dvprogram.state.gov between 6 PM Belgrade time on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and 6 PM Belgrade time on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. There is no fee to enter.

It is important for applicants to remember that the law allows only one entry per person during the registration period and submission of multiple entries will disqualify all entries for that person. All entrants must enroll with a photo taken within the last six months.  Entries submitted with old photos, including the same photo from a previous DV year, will render the entrant ineligible for a DV.

Being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee you will receive a visa. Selection merely means that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa. If your rank number becomes eligible for final processing, you may have the chance to make an application and potentially may be issued a Diversity Visa.

Because it is likely that some of the first 55,000 individuals selected will not qualify for visas or pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 55,000 entries will be selected. This also means there will not be a sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected. Once all of the 55,000 DV visas have been issued, the program will end. It is possible that visa numbers could be exhausted before September 2024.

It is very important for entrants to keep a record of their unique confirmation number for the submission of their DV entry until at least September 30, 2024.

The Department of State never notifies entrants via phone, mail, or email that they have been selected for the DV program.  Beginning May 6, 2023, DV-2024 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ to see if their entry was selected. The online Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members. The Department also will confirm visa interview appointments through the Entrant Status Check. All mail, emails, or telephone calls claiming to notify entrants they have been selected for the DV program are fraudulent.

The instructions for the DV 2024 program can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2024-Instructions-Translations/DV-2024-Instructions.pdf