The Diversity Visa Lottery Program is a visa system intended to guarantee a fair representation of all nationalities of the world in the United States. The US government offers 55,000 new immigrant visas each year for individuals from underrepresented nations. A nation is considered underrepresented if less than 50,000 people from that nation immigrated to the US in the past five years.
How Do I Qualify
The only requirements for eligibility are proof of completion of high school education or two years of work experience within the five years before application. If you are selected under this category, you will be allowed to bring a spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.
In the case of marriage between an individual from an under-represented nation and an individual who does not qualify for DV visa, both individuals are considered eligible for the visa. The selection is determined by random drawing, which is why it is called a lottery.
How to Apply?
Instructions to apply under this category are issued every year in August and the registration usually begins in early October. To apply, one needs to submit only a letter detailing his/her personal information, exactly as stated in the instructions. Winners will be notified by mail at the addresses they provided.