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DV Green Card Lottery Cut-Off Numbers

Marked Lottery Ticket 95517748, DV Green Card Lottery Cut-Off NumbersINA § 203(c) provides up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit additional immigration opportunities for individuals from countries with low admissions to the US during the previous 5 years. DV visas are reserved for winners of the annual DV Green Card Lottery. The lists below from the JANUARY 2017 Visa Bulletin show DV Green Card Lottery Cut-Off numbers, which are the Immigrant Visa Numbers available to DV-2017 selectees as of JANUARY and FEBRUARY.

NACARA stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under NACARA. This resulted in reduction of the DV-2017 annual limit to 50,000. DV visas are divided among 6 geographic regions. No one country can receive more than 7% of the available diversity visas in any one year.

DV Cut-Off Numbers: Immigrant Visa Numbers Available to DV Applicants

Advance Notification of DV Immigrant Visa Category Rank Cut-Off Numbers for FEBRUARY (DV-2017)

For FEBRUARY, immigrant numbers in the DV Green Card Lottery category are available to qualified DV-2017 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV-2017 regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number.

Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which a DV applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all DV green card lottery applicants registered for the DV-2017 program ends as of September 30, 2017. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2017 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2017 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2017. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2017 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30, 2017.

  • AFRICA 28,700 (except Egypt: 16,000; and Ethiopia: 17,500)
  • ASIA 4,700 (except Iran: 3,950; and Nepal: 3,150)
  • EUROPE 18,000
  • NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 6
  • OCEANIA 725
  • SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 825

Advance Notification of DV Immigrant Visa Category Rank Cut-Off Numbers for JANUARY (DV-2017)

For JANUARY 2017, according to the Visa Bulletin, immigrant numbers in the DV Green Card Lottery category are available to qualified DV applicants chargeable to all regions and eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV-2017 regional lottery rank numbers BELOW specified allocation cut-off dates.

Entitlement to DV immigrant status lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which a DV applicant is selected in the DV green card lottery. The year of entitlement for all DV green card lottery applicants registered for DV-2017 ends as of September 30, 2017. DV visas may not be issued to DV applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2017. DV visa availability through the very end of FY cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30, 2017.

  • AFRICA 25,800 (except Egypt: 12,700; and Ethiopia: 14,700)
  • ASIA 4,000 (except Iran: 3,600; and Nepal: 2,750)
  • EUROPE 15,900
  • NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 6
  • OCEANIA 650
  • SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 775

Registration for DV-2018 Green Card Lottery

The “Diversity Visa” 2018 program (DV-2018) opened for electronic registrations at noon, EDT (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and closed at 12 PM noon, EST (GMT-5), Monday, November 7, 2016.