Frequently Asked Questions 9 – 12

COMPLETING YOUR ELECTRONIC ENTRY FOR THE DV PROGRAM

9. When can I submit my entry?

The DV-2018 entry period will run from 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, until 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 7, 2016. Each year, millions of people submit entries. Holding the entry period on these dates ensures selectees receive notification in a timely manner and gives both the visa applicants and our embassies and consulates time to prepare and complete cases for visa issuance.

We strongly encourage you to enter early during the registration period. Excessive demand at end of the registration period may slow the system down. We cannot accept entries after noon EST on Monday, November 7, 2016.

10. I am in the United States. Can I enter the DV program?

Yes, an entrant may be in the United States or in another country, and the entrant may submit an entry from anywhere.

11. Can I only enter once during the registration period?

Yes, 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.

12. May my spouse and I each submit a separate entry?

Yes, each spouse may each submit one entry if each meets the eligibility requirements. If either spouse is selected, the other is entitled to apply as a derivative dependent.

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