The Department of State published information on the 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program on their website: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2013_instructions.pdf. There are 55,000 diversity visas available per year and a “green card lottery” is conducted to select winners from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Natives of the following countries are NOT eligible to apply: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
DV lottery winners must also qualify based on education (high school education or its equivalent) or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience.
The Department of State will start accepting online registration on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) until Saturday, November 5, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).