Immigration through the Diversity Lottery

This visa category is designated for aliens from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

Diversity Visa Lottery

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State. Each year, 50,000 permanent resident visas are made available to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated random lottery. Starting with DV-2005, applications will only be accepted if submitted electronically. Paper entries will no longer be accepted.

Application Requirements:

The annual DV program entry requirements are very strict.

  • The applicant must be a native of a qualifying country

  • The applicant must meet either the education or training requirement of the DV program

  • The electronically submitted entry must be submitted between the specified dates

  • Only one entry per applicant is allowed

  • Photos for the applicant, spouse and children must be submitted in digital format according to DOS specifications

  • Entries must include the name and specific information for the applicant’s spouse and all children who are unmarried and under 21 years old, whether they intend to immigrate with the applicant or not
  • Reasons for Disqualification:

  • All entries for applicant will be disqualified if more than ONE entry for the applicant is received, regardless of who submitted the entry

  • Entries received in any format other than the prescribed electronic entry will be disqualified

  • An entry will be disqualified if ALL required photos are not submitted

  • An entry will disqualified if photos do not comply with digital and appearance specifications

  • Incomplete or inaccurately completed entries will be disqualified
  • Signatures are no longer required.

    Dependents (spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age) of winning DV applicants may also apply for visas to accompany or follow to join the principal (winning) applicant.

    In order to actually receive an immigrant visa, applicants selected in the DV lottery drawing must meet ALL eligibility requirements under U.S. law. All applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility for immigrant visas specified in the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa ineligibility other than those ordinarily provided in the Act.

    There are multitudinous immigration laws, federal statutes and regulations involved in applications for non-immigrant and immigrant visas. The legal process is complex and could result in the denial of a your visa if the application is not properly prepared. If the application is put together correctly and professionally by a qualified immigration attorney, the probability of achieving a successful result is greatly increased.

    The Bócsi Law Firm can precisely and professionally prepare all of the necessary applications for you, providing you with security that the entire process goes smoothly, and relieving you of the stress and worry that often accompanies immigration legal procedures.

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