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|
October 3, 2017
November 7, 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|
*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.