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Written on 03 October 2017 BY


Entry period:

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2019 program electronically at between
noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard
Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Do not wait until the last week of the registration
period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be
accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The
Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more
than one entry will be disqualified.

Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2019 Program

Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at We will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to submit an entry form.
Please use an updated browser when submitting your application; older browsers (Internet Explorer 8,
for example) will likely encounter problems with the online DV system.

We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa
agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If someone helps you, you should be present when your
entry is prepared so you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation
page and your unique confirmation number. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation
page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the
online system that informs you of your entry status. Be wary if someone offers to keep this information
for you. You also should retain access to the email account listed in your E-DV entry.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Diversity Visa program scams. You may also
wish to view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program and step-by-step guide to help
you submit an entry. 

Instruction to submit DV-2019:

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