Visa Lottery Based Immigration

About the Diversity Lottery

The Diversity Lottery program is an annual visa program administered by the Department of State that allows for aliens of eligible countries to petition to apply for one of 50,000 visas through a lottery system. To become eligible to apply, applicants must EITHER have a high school education or its equivalent (defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education); OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.

Eligible Countries

Each country is allocated a certain number of visas based upon the number of people who immigrated to the U.S. from that country. The entire world is broken down into six different regions with each region being given a limit on the amount of visas available. People from countries, which historically have, provided the highest number of immigrants to the United States, are excluded from the lottery.

Selection Process

After the National Visa center receives millions of lottery applications, the National Visa Center (NVC) notifies 110,000 people that they are potential recipients of visas. Although there are only 50,000 people who can immigrate through the Diversity Lottery, many of the people who apply will not qualify to immigrate under the criteria noted above. In addition, all persons seeking to immigrate to the United States must demonstrate that they are not likely to receive welfare or certain other types of public aid. (There may be other general bars to immigration.) Intending immigrants can demonstrate the foregoing by submitting the following:

a. an affidavit from a sponsor in the United States showing that the sponsor will support the applicant;

b. a letter from an employer showing that the applicant will be gainfully employed in the United States; or

c. other evidence of assets such that the applicant is not likely to receive public aid.

Are you a winner of the Diversity Lottery?

We advise applicants that have been selected, to seek advice from one of our attorneys through online chat, telephone, email or in-person consultations. By seeking the advice from our firm, we can help lottery winners and their family members determine how to process for permanent residence (see our Permanent Visa’s section) and monitor the progression of clients rank to know when to take or expect further steps. We take care of processing for you and your qualifying family members. If you would like our assistance, please contact us.

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