Green Card Lottery (DV Lottery)

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States lottery program for receiving a green card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered by the Department of State (DOS). There are available 55,000 permanent resident visas annually to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of immigration to the United States.

More ‘winners’ are selected in the lottery than there are visas available. Hence being selected from the lottery does not guarantee an immigrant visa to the U.S. To immigrate to the United States, ‘winners’ must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law to qualify, and must be interviewed. Requirements include at least a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years training.

Registration for the lottery starts in October. Starting with DV-2010 the applicant receives a confirmation number after a successful application is submitted. This number can be used to check the application status online from May 1. Thus, the application is advised to store this number so that he could check the results of the lottery.

Whether the winner can get the green card while remaining in the US or will apply at a Consular Office of the US Embassy in his home country depends on the facts of each case.