Main requirements for the Green Card Lottery (DV-2022)
There are 3 major requirements for the DV Lottery: country of birth, education or job experience, photo. Learn more.
So many people, so many questions about the requirements for the DV Lottery, especially for those who take part in it for the first time. In fact, there are just three major requirements for participants: (1) The country of your birth must be on the list of eligible countries; (2) Your education level and occupation must meet the requirements; (3) You must provide a correct photo to your DV Lottery application
Note, your age, marital status, country of residence, or income are not in the list of requirements.
Let's take a closer look at each of them.
Eligible сountry for the Green Card Lottery (DV-2022)
In general, countries which have a high rate of immigration to the USA are not allowed to enter the DV Lottery. The list of qualified Green Card DV Lottery сountries can change every year and includes countries which have not more than 50,000 immigrants to the USA in the previous five years. Some countries are given priority to receive the lottery green card, because they are underrepresented in the U.S.
How do I know if my country is eligible?
At the bottom of this article you can find a list of eligibile countries for the Diversity Visa Lottery.
Remember only the country where you were born plays a role, not a country of your citizenship or country of residence. If your country of birth does not qualify for the American Visa Lottery program, you can get your eligibility from your spouse or parents if they were born in an eligible country.
Example: Your were born in Vietnam, which is not in the list of eligible countries. But your spouse was born in Argentina and thus they can participate in the Green Card Lottery. So you can claim your spouse’s birth country (Argentina) as yours on your DV Lottery application.
Work and education requirements for the Diversity Lottery
One of the requirements for participation in the Green Card Lottery Program is a US High School degree or its foreign equivalent. It means the successful completion of at least 12 year course of elementary and secondary education in the US or identical course in another country. Another possible option: you have two years of experience within the last five years, in an occupation which, by U.S. Department of Labor definitions, requires at least two years of training or experience that is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating not less than 7.0 points. All qualified categories can be found on the web site of the Department of Labor (DOL) O*Net Online database. Looks difficult, right? Actually it is not, because we have collected a full list of qualifying DV-2022 jobs at https://dvlottery.me/jobs-qualify-dv-lottery and you can easily find your occupation and learn if you are you allowed to participate.
Remember, if you are selected you will have to provide certificates of your education or job experience.
Photo for your DV Lottery form
The photo is critical to the application. A lot of participants are disqualified because of an incorrect photo. You should make a photo that clearly demonstrates your current self and meets all requirements.
AFRICA: Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cabo Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo Congo Democratic Republic of the Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Djibouti Egypt* Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria. ASIA: Afghanistan Bahrain Bhutan Brunei Burma Cambodia Hong Kong Special Administrative Region** Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel* Japan Jordan* Kuwait Laos Lebanon Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Nepal North Korea Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore Sri Lanka Syria* Taiwan** Thailand Timor-Leste United Arab Emirates Yemen *Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria. **Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region, chargeable to Portugal), and Taiwan (Asia region) do qualify and are listed here. For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal. EUROPE: Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark (including components and dependent areas overseas) Estonia Finland France (including components and dependent areas overseas) Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Kyrgyzstan Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Special Administrative Region** Macedonia Malta Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands (including components and dependent areas overseas) Northern Ireland*** Norway (including components and dependent areas overseas) Poland Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas) Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Tajikistan Turkey Turkmenistan Ukraine Uzbekistan Vatican City ** Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above and for the purposes of the diversity program only; persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal. ***For purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately. Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas. NORTH AMERICA The Bahamas OCEANIA: Australia (including components and dependent areas overseas) Fiji Kiribati Marshall Islands Micronesia Federated States of Nauru New Zealand (including components and dependent areas overseas) Palau Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN: Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Barbados Belize Bolivia Chile Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Ecuador Grenada Guatemala Guyana Honduras Nicaragua Panama Paraguay Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Uruguay Venezuela
Here is a list of countries whose natives are not eligible for DV-2019: AFRICA Nigeria ASIA Bangladesh China (mainland-born) India Pakistan South Korea Philippines Vietnam EUROPE Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands. NORTH AMERICA Canada Mexico SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN: Brazil Colombia Dominican Republic El Salvador Haiti Jamaica Mexico Peru