Applications for the 2025 Diversity Visa (DV) program can be submitted electronically at dvprogram.state.gov from October 4, 2023, until November 7, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The DV program awards up to 55,000 immigrant visas per year and allows those from countries with low immigration rates to the United States, to enter for a chance to apply for a U.S immigrant visa. Beware of fraud and scams. Some websites and emails attempt to mislead customers, posing as providers of official U.S. government information. The only way to register for the DV program is to apply at dvprogram.state.gov, and the online entry application is easy and free. We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa agent,” or other person who offers to help. More information about the DV program is available here.
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program.
The Visa section of this website is about U.S. visas for foreign citizens and nationals to travel to the United States. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States. When planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.