The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Find out when USCIS will open Registration for the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery and additional information about how to register here. The DV lottery usually opens on the first Tuesday of October following October 1, the beginning of the federal government's fiscal year. Applications are usually accepted for thirty days.
The 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery opens registration on Tuesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time