The U.S. Department of State has published in the federal
register (81 FR 63841, 9/16/16) that the FY 2018 Diversity
Immigrant Visa program will begin to accept applications on October
4, 2016. The application window closes on November 7, 2016.
Qualified applicants may apply online.
By way of background, the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program,
sometimes called the "Green Card Lottery," randomly
awards approximately 50,000 Green Cards to qualified visa
applicants selected from a pool of filings each year. Individuals
born in "low admission states," that is,
countries from where annual immigration to the United States is
comparatively low, may apply. Filings are made electronically at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. In order to
qualify, a principal applicant must also possess 1) a high school
diploma or 2) within 5 years of making the application, at least 2
years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least 2
years’ training or experience.
Given these relatively modest requirements, the DV Program may
provide a path to a Green Card for many individuals and their
families who may not otherwise qualify for permanent residence
based on family, employment, or investment categories. Notably
however, the odds of selection are relatively low, generally less
than 1% worldwide. An applicant's specific chances may vary
significantly based on his/her region of origin, however, the
chances of selection are generally too low for one to confidently
plan to use the program as a viable immigration option.
Nonetheless, the DV lottery has proven to be life changing for
thousands of winners each year.
It is critically important for one to carefully review the Diversity Visa instructions, which also
includes a list of eligible countries, and follow them closely to
ensure that an otherwise approvable entry is not disqualified for
technical reasons. Notifications of selections are generally made
in May following the closing of entry acceptance.
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