The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the U.S. Department of State and conducted under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, this lottery provides a maximum of up to 50,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Those granted a DV visa become permanent residents of the United States.
The annual DV program makes diversity immigrant visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the past five years. Within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.
Instructions for the DV-2020 lottery are linked here DV-2020 Fact Sheet. The application period runs from Noon Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 3, 2018, through Noon Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
We encourage you to review this information and to share it with any employees, friends, and relatives who might be interested. Because the registration process is clearly explained in the attached material, we believe applicants will be able to register without the assistance of a lawyer.