US Diversity Visa Lottery Opens, Thousands of Moroccans to Apply


By Mohamed Hikal

Rabat The US Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the diversity visa lottery for US permanent residence in 2020.

The US grants 50,000 immigrant visas through the diversity visa lottery each year to foreign citizens of eligible countries, including Morocco, who have applied and qualified. Eligible countries are those that have sent fewer than 50,000 immigrants to the US in the past five years.

The registration period began Wednesday, October 3, and will continue until 5 p.m. (Moroccan time) on November 6, 2018. All registrations should be submitted through

The US Department of State stressed that the application process is free. The department advised visa applicants to remain vigilant for fraudulent emails, websites, and letters claiming to be part of the diversity visa program.

To apply for the diversity visa, candidates must have obtained a Baccalaureate or diploma. Married couples can submit a joint application on the condition that both have at least a Baccalaureate degree.

Applicants can check their if they have been selected through the Department of State’s secure online site on May 7, 2019. The department randomly selects applicants to proceed to the next stage.

Although more than 100,000 Moroccans apply yearly for the visa, only 900-1,000 of those selected receive the permanent residence visas.

Selected entrants are encouraged to complete the next stage of the online application immediately to schedule an interview appointment. Selected Moroccans would interview at the US Consulate in Casablanca. Before being interviewed, each applicant must pay the diversity visa lottery fee of approximately $220.