The annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery, which makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas ("green cards") to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of immigration to the U.S., is now open for online registration until November 7, 2016. The Diversity Lottery is FREE and applications must be filed online through the official Department of State Diversity Lottery website. Please visit the State Department Diversity Immigrant visa information site for eligibility information and to apply.
Only applicants from certain eligible countries can apply in the Diversity Lottery, and must meet certain educational or work requirements (i.e. having a high school education or having worked in 2 of the last 5 years in a qualifying occupation).
Lottery winners will be selected at random next year and can check whether they have been selected starting May 2, 2017.