The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Registration will close at noon, EDT, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Applications must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), which will be found online at dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Instructions for completing the E-DV and additional information are available here.
For DV-2019, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
While the long-term fate of the DV lottery program is uncertain, it is currently in effect and the Department of State will begin the FY2019 lottery process in October, as described above.