Applicants for the DV–2020 DV program  must submit entries electronically at between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018.


Only one entry per person will be allowed and no late entries or paper entries will be accepted during the registration period. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


Applicants can submit the  Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E–DV Entry Form or DS– 5501), online at 

 There is no cost to register for the DV Program.


 After  submission of a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen that contains your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records.  Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of the status of your entry. You also should retain access to the email account listed in the E–DV.


 Starting May 7, 2019, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information.


 Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV– 2020, and instructions on how to proceed with your application for the immigrant visa.

On his first day on the job on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh took a position in favor of a 1996 immigration law that allows the government to indefinitely detain immigrants who committed minor crimes at any point in time, including years or decades later, without bail hearings.

Neil Gorsuch, meanwhile, cautioned against government overreach.

A decision in the case is expected next June.

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