If you are one of the people who applied for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV), known as the 2025 Visa Lottery, whose registration closed on November 7, 2023, you must be wondering if you want to leave the chosen How long do you have the right to request it? Below, we explain it to you.
It should be noted that the results of the 55,000 Green Cards offered by the State Department of the State will be known starting May 4, 2024. The selection is made by a computerized random draw.
HOW LONG CAN I APPLY FOR A DIVERSITY VISA?
If you become one of the lucky ones and are selected for the DV-2025 program, you must apply for the issuance of the visa only during the fiscal year 2025 of the United States government, which begins on October 1, 2024, and ends on September 30, 2025.
So when the results are known, you should apply for the visa as soon as possible to enjoy it. Therefore, you must adjust your status before the end of the fiscal year, according to the US State Department.
What happens if I don’t do it within that period?
If you do not request a visa issuance within that time, you may lose your Green Card. “There is no carryover of DV benefits to the next year for individuals who were selected but not granted visas before September 30, 2025 (the end of the fiscal year),” the website reads.
Regarding spouses and children, whose status is obtained from a DV-2025 registration, it is mentioned that they can only obtain visas in the DV category in the same fiscal period.
Those applying abroad, other than their home country, will receive an appointment notice from the State Department through the Status Check on the E-DV website, four to six weeks before the scheduled appointment , it is detailed.