The Diversity Immigrant Visa program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, is an lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card.
The program was established in 1990, and its aim is diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States in the previous five years.
The lottery is administered annually by the Department of State, and makes 50,000 permanent resident visas available to natives of countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Eligibility to DV Program
1. Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter. To see the list of qualified countries (2016) click here.
2. Each applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:
a. A high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education;
b. Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.
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