The entry period for the U.S. Diversity Visa-2017 opens at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Thursday, October 1, 2015, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
DV entries are accepted ONLY through the E-DV site, dvlottery.state.gov, which has complete instructions. There is no paper application. There is no fee to enter.
Applicants should enter their own information at dvlottery.state.gov and not rely on other people or agencies. Agents may make mistakes, leave information blank, or submit duplicate entries. All of these actions may disqualify an applicant, even after they have being selected.
All applicants receive an immediate online confirmation page when they submit their entry. It is very important for applicants to keep a record of their unique confirmation number until at least September 30, 2017. The confirmation number is the only way to check whether an entry has been selected and to obtain visa application and appointment information, if selected.
Check out our Slideshare presentation, Diversity Visa Program: Know the Facts!, for more information.