The Department of State has announced the procedures for the next Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2024). Detailed information is available on the Department of State website.
The Diversity Visa Lottery enables individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States an opportunity to enter a lottery to obtain a green card provided they meet certain minimal qualifications. For Fiscal Year 2024, 55,000 Diversity Visas will be available.
For DV-2024, natives of the following countries are NOT eligible to apply because the countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan ARE eligible to participate in the Lottery.
Many U.S. airports have discontinued stamping passports with an entry stamp when you enter the U.S. Instead, each time you enter the U.S., the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) creates an online, electronic entry record to record your entry to the U.S. This is called your I-94 record. The I-94 record will be your only official record of entry to the U.S.
You should check and save a screenshot of your I-94 record each time you enter the U.S. as the I-94 record is the only official evidence of your entry into the U.S. and you may need it for other purposes. If the I-94 record ever displays incorrect information, or cannot be found, please contact your HIO Advisor.
We hope that international students, scholars, and student interns are settling in to campus well for the start of the term. If you are in need of talking with your HIO advisor, please review the resources below to get in touch with the HIO:
- Connecting with an HIO Advisor through daily virtual advisor on call sessions (for quick questions only)
- Contacting your HIO advisor directly via email or phone
- Making an appointment for a virtual 1:1 meeting with your HIO advisor
- Emailing email@example.com
- F-1 students may request a travel signature to be sent via email by completing the F-1 Travel Signature Request Form.
- Limited walk-in services are available for J-1 DS-2019 travel signatures and document pickup only in the Smith Center. This service is not intended for advising questions or HIO registration. If you need a travel signature or a replacement document, please review the applicable instructions on the Contact Us page.
Each school in Harvard has a diverse student body from international countries across the world and this enriches one’s experience and learning as a student. The message of “One Harvard” is strongly felt when you sit for conversations with students and Alum from Harvard back in India, Boston or internationally.