Enrollment into the 2023 green card lottery, also known as the DV2025 Lottery immigration program, is open to most individuals world-wide. There are two requirements that must be met before you can enter the DV2025 Lottery:

1. To enter the DV Lottery, you must be born in a qualifying country

To enter the DV2025 Lottery, you must be born in a country with a low immigration rate to the United States. If you are born in a country with a high immigration rate to the United States, you are excluded from entering the DV Lottery. If you are born in one of the countries in the table below, then you are currently excluded from entering the DV Lottery. Please note that eligibility for the DV2025 Lottery is determined by the country of your birth. The most common misperception in qualifying for the DV Lottery program is that eligibility is based on country of citizenship or current residence, which is incorrect.

There was one change this year in the list of eligible countries and that was that people born in United Kingdom including it’s dependent areas are now eligible to enter the DV2025 lottery.

If you are born in one of the countries in the following table, then you are excluded from entering the DV2025 Lottery
BangladeshBrazilCanadaChina (Including Hong Kong SAR)Colombia
Dominican RepublicEl SalvadorHaitiHondurasIndia
South KoreaVenezuelaVietnam  

Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt for the DV Lottery this year.

Persons born in Macau SAR, and Taiwan are also eligible to enter the DV2025 Lottery.

Natives from all other countries may register for this years DV Lottery, the DV2025 Lottery.

If you were born in a non-qualifying country you may still qualify

If your spouse or one of your parents was born in a qualifying country, you may still be able to participate in the DV Lottery based on the country of birth of your spouse or one of your parents:
For example, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible to enter the DV Lottery, but your spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible to enter the DV Lottery, you may claim your spouse’s country of birth as your country of eligibility, i.e. you may claim chargeability to the country where your derivative spouse was born, provided that both you and your spouse are on the selected DV Lottery application, but you will not be issued a DV Lottery green card unless

  • your spouse is also eligible for and issued a DV Lottery green card,
  • and both of you must enter the United States of America together with the DV Lottery green cards.

Example: If you were born in Canada, whose natives currently are not eligible to enter the DV Lottery, but your spouse was born in Italy, whose natives are eligible to enter the DV lottery, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth (Italy) as your country of eligibility, as long as, you include your spouse on your DV Lottery application.In a similar manner, a minor dependent child can be “charged” to a parent’s country of birth.

Finally, if you were born in a country that is not eligible to participate in this year’s DV Lottery program (DV2025), you can be “charged” to the country that either of your parents were born in as long as neither parent was a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. For example, your parents might have lived temporarily in the ineligible country that you were born in because of their jobs. In general, people are not considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized in if they are only visiting the country, studying in the country temporarily, or stationed in the country for business or professional reasons on behalf of a company or government.

If you claim alternate chargeability, you must indicate such information under country of chargeability on the DV Lottery entry form that you must complete after you have registered succesfully. Please be aware that listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e. one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) may disqualify your DV Lottery entry.

2. Education or Work experience that qualifies for the DV2025 Lottery

To register for the DV2025 Lottery, you must comply with one of the following two requirements (Option 1 or Option 2 below):


To qualify for the DV2025 Lottery, you must have completed a United States high school education or a foreign equivalent of United States high school degree. “High School education or its equivalent” means the successful completion of a twelve year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States or successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to complete a 12 year education in the United States. Passage of a high school equivalency examination is not sufficient. It is permissible to have the education completed in less than twelve years or greater than twelve years if the course of study completed is equivalent to a United States High School Degree; or


  Within the last five years, you must have worked in one of the following occupations for at least two years:

You should not submit proof that you satisfy these requirements when entering the DV2025 Lottery, but proof that you do satisfy the above requirements will be requested by the consular officer that will interview you after your name has been selected and you formally apply for your permanent residence (Green Card) visa. If you do not match the above requirements, you should not enter the DV2025 Lottery. Again, note, you only need to provide proof of education or work experience and country of birth if you are selected. Therefore, we do not require this information in the application form for the DV2025 Lottery that you will fill out after successful registration.

Occupations Requiring at Least Two Years of Training or Experience to Perform

O*NET-SOC Occupation TitleO*NET-SOC Code
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers23-1021.00
Administrative Services Managers11-3011.00
Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, and GED Teachers and Instructors25-3011.00
Advertising and Promotions Managers11-2011.00
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians17-3021.00
Aerospace Engineers17-2011.00
Agricultural Crop Farm Managers11-9011.02
Agricultural Engineers17-2022.00
Agricultural Inspectors45-2011.00
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary25-1041.00
Air Traffic Controllers53-2022.00
Aircraft Engine Specialists49-3011.02
Airframe-and-Power-Plant Mechanics49-3011.01
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers53-2011.00
Animal Scientists19-1011.00
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary25-1061.00
Appraisers, Real Estate13-2022.02
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators23-1022.00
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval17-1011.00
Architectural Drafters17-3011.01
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary25-1062.00
Art Directors27-1011.00
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary25-1121.00
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00
Atmospheric and Space Scientists19-2022.00
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians27-4011.00
Audio-Visual Collections Specialists25-9011.00
Aviation Inspectors53-6051.01
Avionics Technicians49-2091.00
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1042.00
Boat Builders and Shipwrights47-2031.05
Broadcast News Analysts27-3021.00
Broadcast Technicians27-4012.00
Budget Analysts13-2031.00
Calibration and Instrumentation Technicians17-3023.02
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers49-9061.00
Camera Operators51-5022.04
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture27-4031.00
Carpet Installers47-2041.00
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists17-1021.00
Ceiling Tile Installers47-2081.01
Central Office and PBX Installers and Repairers49-2022.01
Chefs and Head Cooks35-1011.00
Chemical Engineers17-2041.00
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary25-1052.00
Child Support, Missing Persons, and Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigators33-3021.04
Child, Family, and School Social Workers21-1021.00
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00
Civil Engineers17-2051.00
Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance13-1031.01
Clinical Psychologists19-3031.02
Coaches and Scouts27-2022.00
Commercial and Industrial Designers27-1021.00
Commercial Pilots53-2012.00
Compensation and Benefits Managers11-3041.00
Computer and Information Systems Managers11-3021.00
Computer Hardware Engineers17-2061.00
Computer Programmers15-1021.00
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1021.00
Computer Security Specialists15-1071.01
Computer Software Engineers, Applications15-1031.00
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software15-1032.00
Computer Support Specialists15-1041.00
Construction Carpenters47-2031.01
Construction Managers11-9021.00
Copy Writers27-3043.04
Cost Estimators13-1051.00
Costume Attendants39-3092.00
Counseling Psychologists19-3031.03
Creative Writers27-3043.02
Credit Analysts13-2041.00
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents33-3021.03
Custom Tailors51-6052.02
Data Processing Equipment Repairers49-2011.02
Database Administrators15-1061.00
Dentists, General29-1021.00
Desktop Publishers43-9031.00
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio27-2012.02
Directors, Religious Activities and Education21-2022.00
Dot Etchers51-5022.08
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary25-1063.00
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School11-9032.00
Education Administrators, Postsecondary11-9033.00
Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Program11-9031.00
Educational Psychologists19-3031.01
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors21-1012.00
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay49-2095.00
Electrical Drafters17-3012.02
Electrical Engineering Technicians17-3023.03
Electrical Engineers17-2071.00
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers49-9051.00
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00
Electronic Masking System Operators51-5022.09
Electronics Engineering Technicians17-3023.01
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer17-2072.00
Electrotypers and Stereotypers51-5022.10
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education25-2022.00
Elevator Installers and Repairers47-4021.00
Engineering Managers11-9041.00
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary25-1032.00
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary25-1123.00
Engraver Set-Up Operators51-5023.08
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health19-2041.00
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers13-1041.03
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants43-6011.00
Exhibit Designers27-1027.02
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00
Farm and Home Management Advisors25-9021.00
Film and Video Editors27-4032.00
Film Laboratory Technicians51-9131.04
Financial Analysts13-2051.00
Financial Examiners13-2061.00
Financial Managers, Branch or Department11-3031.02
Fire Investigators33-2022.02
Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers17-2111.02
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors – Logging Workers45-1011.05
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors- Construction Trades Workers47-1011.01
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers49-1011.00
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives33-1012.00
Fish Hatchery Managers11-9011.03
Fitters, Structural Metal- Precision51-2041.02
Food Scientists and Technologists19-1012.00
Food Service Managers11-9051.00
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary25-1124.00
Forensic Science Technicians19-4092.00
Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors33-1021.02
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1043.00
Funeral Directors11-9061.00
Gas Appliance Repairers49-9031.02
Gas Compressor Operators53-7071.02
Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers51-9195.04
Government Service Executives11-1011.01
Graduate Teaching Assistants25-1191.00
Graphic Designers27-1024.00
Hand Compositors and Typesetters51-5022.01
Health Educators21-1091.00
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary25-1071.00
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics49-9021.01
History Teachers, Postsecondary25-1125.00
Housekeeping Supervisors37-1011.01
Human Resources Managers11-3040.00
Industrial Engineers17-2112.00
Industrial Production Managers11-3051.00
Industrial Safety and Health Engineers17-2111.01
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists19-3032.00
Instructional Coordinators25-9031.00
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage13-1032.00
Insurance Underwriters13-2053.00
Interior Designers27-1025.00
Internists, General29-1063.00
Job Printers51-5021.00
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates23-1023.00
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education25-2012.00
Landscape Architects17-1012.00
Law Clerks23-2092.00
Lawn Service Managers37-1012.01
Loan Counselors13-2071.00
Loan Officers13-2072.00
Locomotive Engineers53-4011.00
Management Analysts13-1111.00
Marine Architects17-2121.02
Marine Cargo Inspectors53-6051.03
Marine Engineers17-2121.01
Market Research Analysts19-3021.00
Marketing Managers11-2022.00
Materials Engineers17-2131.00
Materials Scientists19-2032.00
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1022.00
Mathematical Technicians15-2091.00
Mechanical Drafters17-3013.00
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00
Mechanical Inspectors51-9061.02
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00
Medical and Health Services Managers11-9111.00
Medical and Public Health Social Workers21-1022.00
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists19-1042.00
Meeting and Convention Planners13-1121.00
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers21-1023.00
Mental Health Counselors21-1014.00
Metal Fabricators, Structural Metal Products51-2041.01
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education25-2022.00
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers17-2151.00
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines49-3042.00
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic51-4061.00
Model Makers, Wood51-7031.00
Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors33-1021.01
Music Arrangers and Orchestrators27-2041.02
Music Directors27-2041.01
Musicians, Instrumental27-2042.02
Natural Sciences Managers11-9121.00
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts15-1081.00
Nuclear Engineers17-2161.00
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators51-8011.00
Nursery and Greenhouse Managers11-9011.01
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary25-1072.00
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists29-9011.00
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00
Offset Lithographic Press Setters and Set-Up Operators51-5023.02
Operations Research Analysts15-2031.00
Optical Instrument Assemblers51-9083.02
Opticians, Dispensing29-2081.00
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00
Painters and Illustrators27-1013.01
Painters, Construction and Maintenance47-2141.00
Paralegals and Legal Assistants23-2011.00
Park Naturalists19-1031.03
Paste-Up Workers51-5022.02
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic51-4062.00
Patternmakers, Wood51-7032.00
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00
Petroleum Refinery and Control Panel Operators51-8093.02
Pewter Casters and Finishers51-9071.05
Physical Therapists29-1123.00
Physician Assistants29-1071.00
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary25-1054.00
Pilots, Ship53-5021.03
Pipe Fitters47-2152.01
Plant Scientists19-1013.01
Plasterers and Stucco Masons47-2161.00
Plate Finishers51-5022.11
Poets and Lyricists27-3043.01
Police Detectives33-3021.01
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1065.00
Political Scientists19-3094.00
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents11-9131.00
Power Distributors and Dispatchers51-8012.00
Power Generating Plant Operators, Except Auxiliary Equipment Operators51-8013.01
Precision Pattern and Die Casters, Nonferrous Metals51-9195.02
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education25-2011.00
Pressure Vessel Inspectors13-1041.05
Private Sector Executives11-1011.02
Product Safety Engineers17-2111.03
Program Directors27-2012.03
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers11-9141.00
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary25-1066.00
Public Relations Specialists27-3031.00
Public Transportation Inspectors53-6051.02
Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products13-1021.00
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products13-1023.00
Purchasing Managers11-3061.00
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00
Radiologic Technicians29-2034.02
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.01
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters53-4031.00
Range Managers19-1031.02
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00
Reed or Wind Instrument Repairers and Tuners49-9063.03
Refrigeration Mechanics49-9021.02
Registered Nurses29-1111.00
Reporters and Correspondents27-3022.00
Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities41-3031.01
Sales Engineers41-9031.00
Sales Managers11-2022.00
Scanner Operators51-5022.05
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education25-2031.00
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers25-3021.00
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining47-5013.00
Set Designers27-1027.01
Ship and Boat Captains53-5021.01
Ship Engineers53-5031.00
Signal and Track Switch Repairers49-9097.00
Social and Community Service Managers11-9151.00
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary25-1067.00
Soil Conservationists19-1031.01
Soil Scientists19-1013.02
Special Education Teachers, Middle School25-2042.00
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School25-2041.00
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School25-2043.00
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00
Station Installers and Repairers, Telephone49-2022.05
Storage and Distribution Managers11-3071.02
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors21-1011.00
Surveying Technicians17-3031.01
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents13-2081.00
Technical Directors/Managers27-2012.05
Technical Writers27-3042.00
Tool and Die Makers51-4111.00
Traffic Technicians53-6041.00
Training and Development Managers11-3042.00
Training and Development Specialists13-1073.00
Transformer Repairers49-2092.04
Transportation Managers11-3071.01
Treasurers, Controllers, and Chief Financial Officers11-3031.01
Urban and Regional Planners19-3051.00
Vocational Education Teachers Postsecondary25-1194.00
Vocational Education Teachers, Middle School25-2024.00
Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School25-2032.00
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists19-1023.00
Book for DV2025 Lottery Application