The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) provides for up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from a random selection among all entries to individuals who are from different countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The DV Program is administered by the United States Department of State. Most lottery winners reside outside the United States and immigrate through consular processing and issuance of an immigrant visa. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.
There are also a small number of lottery winners each year who at the time of winning the lottery, are residing in the United States in a non-immigrant or other legal status. For these winners residing in the United States, USCIS processes adjustment of status applications.
Applicants who are selected must meet strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. No single country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year. Many natives from certain countries are not eligible to apply because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States over the last 5 years…. these countries include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Mainland China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom and its dependent territories except Northern Ireland and Vietnam.
Registration begins on October 2, 2019 and continues to November 5, 2019. Further information and an application can be found at www.dvlottery.state.gov.