Diversity Immigrant Visa

New immigrants to the United States (2016–2020), in family and employment categories, by country of birth
  >100,000
  50,000–100,000
  20,000–50,000
  10,000–20,000
  5,000–10,000
  <5,000
  United States and its territories
New immigrants to the United States (2016–2020), in diversity category, by country of birth
  >10,000
  5,000–10,000
  2,000–5,000
  1,000–2,000
  500–1,000
  <500
  Ineligible
  United States and its territories

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the green card lottery, is a United States government lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. The Immigration Act of 1990 established the current and permanent Diversity Visa (DV) program.

The lottery is administered by the Department of State and conducted under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It makes available 55,000 immigrant visas annually and aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants from countries with low numbers of immigrants in the previous five years. Around 13 million people applied for the lottery in 2020.

Many deceptive agencies charge fees from applicants or falsely claim to increase their winning chances, but in fact the only way to apply for the lottery is to complete the entry form on the Department of State website, free of charge. Only applicants selected in the lottery must pay a fee to continue the process.[1]

Attempts have been made to end the program since 2005.

  1. ^ "Prepare for the Interview". travel.state.gov. Retrieved 2021-04-30.

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