Author 2019-06-14

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery?

The first thing that comes to mind if you ever thought about immigration to America is the Green Card Lottery. Here are some details about the DV Lottery. What is it and why? Who can participate and what your chances for winning?

What is it?

The first Diversity Visa Lottery best known as Green Card Lottery was held in 1994. The lottery aims to diversify the immigrant population in the USA, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low numbers of immigrants to the United States over the past five years.
Nowadays every year U.S. State Department issues around 55,000 visas and around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year. Despite such popularity, Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is generally one of the simplest ways to get the Green Card for people from different nations.
Chances of winning a Green Card are much higher than the chances of winning a million in a usual lottery. First of all, the chances of winning depends on your birth country. Here you can find out winning rates for the USA Green Card Lottery for each country:

How does it work?

The application for the Lottery is submitted online on the State Department’s website. The form is available every year from early October through early November. Exact dates change from year by year, so you should follow the news to not miss your opportunity. The official website is
Winners are randomly selected by the US Department of State. But the winning does not guarantee getting a permanent visa. Selection only gives you eligibility to apply for the visa. The winning is only the first step on your immigration way. The second one is filling the DS-260 Form for the visa. Be careful when filling the DV Lottery form, because on the DS-260 form you have to provide the same information.

Who can participate in the Green Card Lottery?

Almost everybody can take a part in the Diversity Lottery. There are only two main requirements for participants: your birth country and education level. Also you need to provide a correct photo. You don’t have to have any special skills or relatives and it doesn’t cost anything.

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