Diversity or Lottery Visa

Have you been chosen under the Diversity Visa ("DV") Program?

Under the Diversity Visa Program, a maximum of 55,000 persons are chosen randomly each year from various countries to become lawful permanent resident in the United States. Most nationals of all countries are eligible to apply for the DV program with a few exceptions. If certain countries have sent over 50,000 immigrants to the United States within the last five (5) years, nationals of those countries are ineligible to apply for the DV program.

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General Requirements to Apply for a Diversity Visa:

Generally speaking, a person must have either a high school diploma, OR two years of work experience within the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training. Further, they must be "admissible" for immigration purposes; for example, have not committed any crimes that would make them inadmissible to enter the United States. If a person qualifies for the DV program, they are eligible to include their spouse and minor children on his or her DV application. Under the new rules, same-sex couples are now eligible for the DV program.

Important Deadlines for the DV Program

Please remember that there are strict time periods in applying for the DV program. Please visit the Diversity Lottery Page for the exact deadlines. It is very important that you stay on top of your deadlines. This is especially true if you are successful in getting chosen under the DV Program. Under the current immigration rules, you must obtain approval of the permanent residence application before the annual allotment of DV visas runs out for that fiscal year. Please remember that the fiscal year ends on September 30 every year, but visas often run out well before that date. Failure to obtain approval (not just apply) within the allotted time period may result in severe consequences including ineligibility to become a permanent resident through the DV program.