The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
DV-2013 Registration Period
You may register for the DV program through this website from noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), October 4, 2011, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), November 5, 2011. See the Diversity Visa Program Instructions webpage for more information
Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Review the procedures for the DV program provided below, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.
source: Diversity Visa (DV) Program: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html