Card Lottery (also known as Diversity Visa Lottery)
Program was introduced in the year 1990 to promote
diversity in the United States by giving citizens
of other countries to obtain United States permanent
resident visas or green cards. By law, the Diversity
Lottery Program makes available a maximum of 55,000
Green Cards each year to eligible persons. Nicaraguan
and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by
Congress in November 1997 stipulates that 5,000
of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas
will be made available for use under the NCARA program.
The actual reduction of the limit to 50,000 began
Who can apply?
To qualify for the Green Card Lottery program, you
be a native of a qualifying country; AND
meet either the education or work experience
of a Country qualifying in the Diversity Visa
Native Country in most cases means the country
in which you were born. However, if you were born
in an ineligible country, you can claim native
country through your spouse or parents.
All countries are eligible to participate in the
Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery Program EXCEPT:
Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica,
Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia,
South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland)
and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Claiming native country through spouse
You can claim your spouse's country of birth as
your native country provided your spouse was born
in an eligible country. If you win the lottery,
you and your spouse must obtain visas and enter
Claiming native country through parents
You can claim your parent's country of birth as
your native country provided that neither of your
parents was a permanent resident in the country
of your birth when you were born.
Meet Education or Work experience requirement
To participate in the Diversity Visa Program,
you must satisfy either the education or the work
experience requirement. You do not have to satisfy
Satisfying education requirement
work experience requirement
have a U.S. high school diploma OR
have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
(Successful completion of a twelve year course
of elementary and secondary education in another
country comparable to a high school diploma
in the United States.)
If you do not satisfy the education requirement,
you must possess at least two years of experience,
in the last five years, in an occupation that requires
at least two years of training or experience.
How to apply?
All entries must be submitted electronically during
the registration period. (For DV-2007
the registration period is between Wednesday, October
5, 2005 and Sunday, December 4, 2005). Paper entries
are not accepted. Applications submitted before/after
the stipulated period are not accepted.
Only one entry for each applicant may be submitted
during the registration period. Duplicate or multiple
entries will disqualify individuals from registration
for this program.
How are the winners selected?
The lottery center sorts and individually numbers
all application received for DV Lottery Program
into six groups based on the geographic region of
the applicant. The computer than randomly selects
applications from among the applications received
for each geographic region. The randomly selected
applicants are immediately notified by the lottery
The lottery center rejects all applications that
do not follow the prescribed format or have all
of the required information. All applications received
before or after the mail in period are disqualified.
Do you need an Attorney?
You do not necessarily require an attorney’s services
to participate in the Green Card Lottery. However,
you need to ensure that your application will be
prepared complying all Department of State regulations.
More than 25% of the applications submitted last
year were rejected for not being compliant with
all the regulations laid down by the Department
How can VisaPro help you?
The experienced staff and attorneys at VisaPro thoroughly
review your USA Green Card Lottery application for
correctness and compliance with all technical rules
and regulations. VisaPro then submits your error-free
application for guaranteed entry in the USA Green
Card Lottery Program. You may also consult
our attorneys to determine whether you and/or
your family members are eligible for the lottery.
After a thorough review, we carefully assemble your
application and photographs, and submit them in
an electronic format to the U.S. Department of State.
We guarantee that your application will reach the
Lottery Center electronically during the official
Also, if you are a winner VisaPro will assist you
in relocating to the USA, provide personal assistance
after you arrive, and help you find a job or start
a business. Our experienced Immigration Attorneys
may also assist you with Adjustment
of Status or Consular
You may visit our Green
Card Lottery website for more information about
the Green Card Lottery program and detailed instructions
for filing your application.