Is the Diversity Visa Lottery scam or not?

First of all, you need to know is that the Green Card Lottery is real. And all these people who have been winners are real too. Anyone can take part in the DV Lottery Program and anyone can win.

In short, the DV Lottery is certainly not a scam, but there are some scammers who try to exploit it.

There are no special requirements for participants: like English language skills, age, relatives, or a certain amount of money in the bank. Only a couple of requirements that we described in detail in the previous blog posts.

But it is not a secret that many people want to make money from the popularity of the DV Lottery. Here we want to talk about how to tell false claims from the truth.

Official DV Lottery Green Card Program

Rules for participation in the DV Lottery Program

You should apply for the Green Card Lottery only on the official website of the US Department of State: There are no other ways to do it. Some companies offer services to assist people with their applications and take charges for it, and also there are companies that exist only to rip innocent people off their money.

It costs nothing to apply on the official website. There is no fee to download, complete and submit the electronic form. Also, you do not have to pay for a confirmation number, check your status, or do other actions.

No one has a magic wand to increase your chances of winning. There are only two official ways to increase your chances: (1) Fill out the form carefully without mistakes and provide a correct photo (you can use the DV Lottery Photo Checker: ). (2) Your spouse can also apply separately and if one of you will be selected the other spouse can enter the country on the winning spouse’s visa. (3) If your spouse or parents are from a country that has a higher chance to win, you can use that country as the country of eligibility. See the list of changes per country here:

If someone promises you to increase your chances of winning by paying them, do not believe it.

Pay attention to the website name where you are applying. The name can look and sound like an official website and the website may look like a government site, with the completely same look and feel. If the domain name does not end in “.gov” then it is not a government website. The actual address is

If you are selected you will not receive any notification from the U.S. Department of State, you can check your status only on the official website (address is the same using your confirmation number. You do not need to pay any fee for winning. The U.S. Department of State never asks to send money by PayPal, by card, by check, or any other way.

Just follow these simple rules and try submitting the form on your own. To make this task easier we have provided several free tools for you: the full copy of the official lottery form that you can train to complete before the Lottery is open at (we have also translated it to your language) and the Photo Checker:


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