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green card dv-2012On October 4, 2011, a new round of the Diversity Visa (DV-2013) lottery, also known as the Green Card lottery, began. The State Department hasn't implemented any major changes in this year's DV lottery.

All the recent changes are reflected in the most recent Green Card Lottery DV-2013 instructions.

Of note is the fact that the citizens of Poland will be eligible this year to enter, they weren't in the years past. Another notable change is the inclusion of the following questions in the FAQ: CAN MY SAME-SEX SPOUSES BE INCLUDED IN A DV ENTRY?

Entries for the DV-2013 DV lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 5, 2011. Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EDT, on November 5, 2011. Read more in the Diversity Visa DV-2013.