The green card lottery (or the “diversity lottery”) for 2019 (DV-2021) is NOW OPEN (October 2, 2019)! The most important thing to know: There’s only one way to legitimately enter.

So what else is very important to remember about entering the green card diversity lottery?

How long is the 2019 Diversity Green Card Lottery (DV-2021) open?


Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 program electronically at between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Enter only on the official website

There is only one official website for entering the green card lottery:


The official information about DV-2020 (last year’s) can be found at Travel.State.Gov.

It’s free to enter

It does not cost any money to apply for the green card lottery.


There is no fast-track or express trick

There is no fast-track or any more “reliable” way to get a green card from the green card lottery other than applying on the official site.


DV-2021 means you find out in mid-2020

The “DV-2021” lottery means that you will enter in late 2019, and you will find out if you won the lottery in mid-2020 (with interview and entry in 2020/2021).

The lottery has not been stopped

The Trump Administration in recent years has thrown around ideas of stopping the green card lottery, yes, but there have been no official steps to do this, so we expect the 2021 to continue like it has for years.

Consider the HEART Act

If you do win, and you can now get a Green Card, it’s worth considering the HEART Act. In short, if you become a green card holder, if you ever want to give it up, you might have to pay LOTS of tax. Read more about the HEART Act.

It started on October 2

We normally expect the process to begin in early October, and we’re on schedule.

It’s a long and windy path, you should use help

The green card process is long and windy, including the application. For the best guide on everything green card be sure to check out BritSimonSays for a step-by-step Green card guide!

Best of luck with your application! I know it’s stressful as many people are really keen to get into the U.S. and start their new lives as expats, but be patient, read as much as you can, and consult with an immigration lawyer if you have any serious concerns or queries.

Getting this process wrong, or any immigration process wrong in America can have long-lasting detrimental effects so don’t do that.

Read about a DV lottery success story!

To read a story about one of America Josh’s readers, check out A Green Card Success Story by an Australian Expat.

And remember:

The Diversity Green Card Lottery DV-2021 is NOW OPEN!

As a side note, I can also help with:

  1. Getting a credit card in the US (without a credit score)
  2. Transfering money (at a special America Josh rate with a personal introduction if you want it) from overseas with OFX; and
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America Josh

I had a fantastic life in Adelaide and in Australia but thought in late 2015 that it was time to do something new. I handed over control of my company, sold my house, car, and even gave away my cat (“Aslan”) to start on my journey to New York.

I arrived in New York on January 10, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia and in March 2017, I started America Josh to help make the transition to the US from wherever you’re from just a little bit easier.

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