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The Diversity Lottery (DV Lottery)

What is the Diversity Lottery?

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The DV Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Most lottery winners reside outside the United States and immigrate through consular processing and issuance of an immigrant visa. There are, however, a small number of lottery winners each year who, at the time of “winning the lottery,” are residing in the United States in a nonimmigrant or other legal status.

For an applicant residing legally in the United States to adjust status under the DV Program, you must establish that you:

  • Have been selected for a diversity visa by DOS’s lottery;
  • Have an immigrant visa immediately available at the time of filing an adjustment application; and
  • Are admissible to the United States.

If you have been selected for a diversity visa, it is highly recommend that you that you seek the advise of an experienced immigration attorney. Contact Dorsett Immigration Law now for your free consultation.