Update (10/16): The DV Lottery page is down for maintenance with a very important note:

Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period will begin at noon, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and will run until noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday November 22, 2017. Only entries submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Please throw away any confirmation number or other documentation that you have if you submitted an entry during Oct. 3-10.

It’s October 4! Do you know what that means? That’s right, it’s only 82 days until Christmas!!

It also happens to be the day that the United States Department of State’s Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (or “USDoSEDVL” for short) opens! What’s this? This is generally more commonly referred to as the “Green Card Lottery” for permanent residency in the United States.

Today launches the DV-2019 Program which is open until November 7 (but don’t delay because the site’s tubes get blocked in the last week which can mean you miss out).

Results start coming out from May 1, 2018 so this isn’t a get-immigrated-quick scheme, it’s a long-term plan.

All the instructions you need are found on the official site, here.

The instruction manual on the official site, can be found here.

BritSimonSays.com also has some great information!

There are always questions raised regarding whether those on a visa currently living in the US can apply for the lottery. Doug Lightman of Lightman Immigration has written a great article all about it for the transition from E-3 Visa to Green Card.

It is worth seeking legal counsel if you are worried or concerned, though.

Also, keep an ear out for the result of Derrin Hynch’s case in front of the court at the moment if you might want to head for public office in Australia at some point. Any affiliation with a foreign power can make it a little more difficult for you, so just something to keep an eye on!

Do you have questions? Send them through and we’ll see if we can find some answers!