Visa Lottery Glitch in October 2017: You May Need to Reapply

On October 18, 2017, anyone who applied for the Diversity Visa Lottery earlier in October will need to resubmit an entry.


The Department of State (DOS) apparently encountered technical difficulties in rolling out this year's Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As a result, the DV 2019 entry period that opened on October 3, 2017 was closed again, while it fixed matters.

This creates problems for anyone who applied during this initial open period. If you submitted a DV entry between the dates of October 3 and October 10, 2017, your entry is considered invalid. It has been dropped from the system. In fact, the DOS advises you to "throw away any confirmation number or other documentation that you have if you submitted an entry during Oct. 3-10."

You will, therefore, need to submit a new entry. (Don't worry, this will not count as a duplicate entry and lead to disqualification on that basis.)

The new entry period began at noon (Eastern Standard time) on October 18, 2017, and will run until noon (ET) on November 22, 2017.

To learn more about how to apply for the DV lottery--and more importantly, what to do if you win, given that not all winners are successful in claiming U.S. lawful permanent residence (a green card) see the articles on the Diversity Visa Lottery section of Nolo's website.

Effective Date: October 18, 2017