The Department of State (DOS) has published information on the 2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program on their website: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2014_Instructions.pdf. There will be 50,000 diversity visas available for FY2014 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, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. Changes in eligibility this year include natives of Guatemala who are now eligible.
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.
Entries for the DV-2014 DV program must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 3, 2012. Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. DOS strongly encourages applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EDT, on November 3, 2012. For the full set of DV-2014 instructions, see the above-mentioned DOS website.