Diversity Lottery (DV) Program

The Diversity Lottery (DV) Program makes 55,000 immigrant visas available annually through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The State Department (DoS) holds the lottery every year, and randomly selects “winners” from all qualified entries. If you receive a visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program you will be authorized to live and work permanently in the United States. You will also be allowed to bring your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States.

The eligibility requirements for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a native of one of the qualifying countries.
  • Applicant must have a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education.
  • If the applicant does not have a high school education, he or she may substitute two years of work experience, within the past five years, in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience.


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