The green card lottery (or the “diversity lottery”) for 2019 (DV-2021) is NOT YET OPEN! That’s the most important thing to know. There’s no way to legitimately enter just yet.

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

Enter only on the official website

There is only one official website for entering the green card lottery: https://dvlottery.state.gov/.

DO NOT TRUST ANY WEBSITE THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE.

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.

DO NOT TRUST ANY WEBSITE THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE.

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.

DO NOT TRUST ANY WEBSITE THAT TELLS YOU OTHERWISE.

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.

It starts in early October

We normally expect the process to begin in early October, and as far as we know, we are still on schedule this year.

It’s a long and windy path

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.

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 NOT YET OPEN!

This page will update when it is!