The online application period for the 2010 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Lottery began on October 2, 2008, and ends at Noon EST on December 1, 2008. Those interested in submitting an application are encouraged to carefully review the application instructions available at:
For DV-2010, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years: BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, PERU, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. For DV-2010, Russia has returned to the list of eligible countries, and Kosovo has also been added to the list of eligible countries.
The Diversity Visa Electronic Entry Form that must be submitted during
this application period is available at: