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When Do I Register?

DV Lottery registration dates.

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The registration dates for the Green Card Lottery vary from year to year, but generally fall in the October-November period.

Here is a rundown of registration dates for recent lottery years.

DV Year Calendar Year Start Date End Date
DV-2018 2016 October 4, 2016 November 7, 2016
DV-2019* 2017*

October 3, 2017
October 18, 2017

November 7, 2017
November 22, 2017

DV-2020 2018 October 3, 2018 November 6, 2018
DV-2021 2019 October 2, 2019 November 5, 2019
DV-2022 2020 October 7, 2020 November 10, 2020
DV-2023 2021 TBD TBD

 *In DV-2019, a technical issue with the computerized Visa Lottery system required a postponement in the start and end dates of the registration period.

Properly prepared entry forms must be received by the US Government during a 1-month application submission period. Because the window period during which entries will be accepted is very short, we strongly urge you to submit your application early through the USA Green Card registration system so that your entry will be ready for immediate submission during the appropriate application acceptance period for this year.

Registering early also allows us to devote the proper time and care to the review and preparation of your Green Card Lottery application. This gives us the time to fix any issues we may find on your application and helps maximize the probability that your application will be complete and error-free, ready for submission before the deadline.

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