As major League baseball begins its post season and millions of fans are rooting for their home team to play in and win the World Series, many more people are entering the Diversity Lottery (DV) 2017 in hopes of winning a “green card”. 

This year’s Lottery season began at noon EDT October 1, 2015 and will end November 3, noon EDT.  During the season, applicants from low admission countries may file online, and online only, to secure a DV 2017 immigrant visa.  Qualified individuals may submit one, and only one, application before the end of the season by going to the Department of State website, , to review the rules and to file electronically. Starting in May 2016 entrants may begin to check to see if they were chosen. 

The process is entirely electronic and the lottery is by the luck of the draw.  It costs nothing to apply.  Although the percentage of winners is small, 50,000 people a year do win and most of them convert their DV lottery winnings into green cards.