DV Lottery Requirements

DV Lottery Requirements

Native of Qualifying Country

As part of the DV Lottery requirements, you must claim nativity in an eligible country with a low immigration rate to the United
States. The “native country” is normally the applicant’s country of
birth regardless of the person’s country of residence or citizenship. Under Section
202 (b) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), however, it is possible
for applicants to participate in the DV Lottery program if they:

  • Are able to claim their spouse’s country of birth.
  • Are the minor (under 21 years of age) dependent of a parent born in an eligible country and can claim the country
    of birth of that parent.
  • Were born in an ineligible country of which neither
    of their parents was a resident or a citizen at the time of the birth, and they
    can therefore claim the country of birth of either the father or mother.

Note: Even if you are not eligible, if your spouse was born in a qualifying country,
you can claim his/her birth country on your own DV Lottery application. Additionally,
if you were born in an ineligible country but neither of your parents was born
or resided there, you can claim the birth country of your mother or father on
your own application. A statement of explanation will need to accompany your application.

Education and Training

All applicants for the DV 2005 Green Card Lottery must
have one of the following:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent,
    meaning the successful completion of a 12-year elementary and secondary education
    program.Note that a high school equivalency exam is not acceptable.
  • Two years of work experience during the past five years in an occupation which requires
    at least two years of training or two years of experience to perform.


There is minimum age for participation in the DV Lottery Program. However, due to the
educational and training requirements for qualification at the time of issuance,
most persons under 18 years of age do not qualify.

For Further Information about the DV Lottery

the Green Card Lottery USA Association
in case you have any specific question
about the DV Lottery. In addition, please check out our Green
Card FAQ
page to receive comprehensive info regarding the DV Lottery program
or simply apply
for the official DV 2005 Green Card Lottery