I didn't hear of the diversity lottery until just recently.
Each year, the Diversity Lottery (DV) Program makes 55,000 immigrant visas available through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
According to an overview of the diversity lottery by the U.S. government, the following points hold:
It is formally titled the diversity lottery Program, or abbreviated DV.
The diversity lottery is made available only to "countries with a low rate of immigration to the U.S."
The diversity lottery is held once every year.
It includes 55,000 immigrant visas-to be appointed. 5,000 of those are "allocated for use under NACARA" starting with the 1999 diversity lottery.
While 55,000 immigrant visas are issued, the lottery officials randomly draw 110,000 applications the number based on the logic that "many will not complete the visa process (evidently HALF?).
Anyone receiving a diversity lottery visa is then authorized to 1) live permanently in the United States; 2) work permanently in the United States; 3) allowed to bring his or her spouse to live permanently in the U.S.; and 4) allowed to bring any unmarried children under the age of 21 to live in the U.S..
More information on the DV program is at diversity lottery. There you will find guidelines and information on how you can participate in the program; whether or not the new fiscal year/diversity lottery has begun; what the previous year's lottery results are; and important information on bogus/fraudulent copycat sites claiming to run the diversity lottery.
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