The Diversity Lottery Program allocates 55,000 new
immigrant visas each year for individuals from underrepresented
nations. A nation is considered underrepresented if less than 50,000
people from that nation immigrated to the U.S. in the past five
To be eligible for the Diversity Lottery Program,
you should have either a high school education, its equivalent or
two years work experience within the last five years in a job which
demands two years training.
You or your spouse must be a native of a nation
eligible for the Diversity Lottery Program. You may be eligible if
your parent was born in a country eligible to participate in the
The Diversity Lottery Program randomly picks the
55,000 visa candidates. Individuals are chosen to receive the visa
by chance, not by merit.
Each year, the Department of State publishes
specific instructions on how to apply for the Diversity Visa. These
instructions are typically made available in August, and the
registration period usually begins in early October.