The U.S. State Department has opened registration for DV-2014, the diversity lottery program that allows immigrants to enter a random drawing for green cards.
Online DV-2014 registration began Tuesday, Oct. 2, and it will conclude Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon EDT.
State Department official advise applicants to get their entries in well before the deadline to avoid the last-minute rush.
Only people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States are eligible to participate. Congress started the lottery to help promote more diversity in U.S. immigration.
Officials are warning applicants to look out for online scammers and deal only with the U.S. government. Winning a green card is a long shot: the odds are about 1-in-19 million.
The State Department has posted extensive information online about how to enter and who is eligible.