The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the requirements of the diversity lottery (“green card lottery”) on 9/16/16. This program provides immigrant visas (“green cards”) for immigrants that qualify from eligible countries. 50,000 visas will be available for the 2018 lottery.
Applicants can apply online at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov from 10/4/16 until 11/4/16.
FAQs and eligibility requirements are available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/16/2016-22217/registration-for-the-diversity-immigrant-dv-2018-visa-program
Individuals from the following countries are not eligible for this program:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.