The Diversity VISA
DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY
U.S. Immigration Law attempts to accommodate the World-wide demand for Immigrant visas through Family based sponsorship, Employment-based sponsorship, and for those fleeing persecution. A lesser known category is the Diversity Visa(DV). Some 50, 000 Immigrant visas are allocated each year to lucky winners of the Visa Lottery, which is offered only to citizens of countries with otherwise low rates of emigrating to the U.S.. For fiscal year 2018, the Department of State has announced that the application process for the 50,000 visas will occur from October 4 to November 7, 2016.
Those countries that have had fewer than 50, 000 Immigrant visas issued by the U.S. in the past fiscal year are eligible. The countries not eligible for the Diversity Visa this year are Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Applications from natives of the eligible countries are randomly selected and are required to provide passport style photos taken within the past 6 months. Applicants also have to provide extensive biographic information but a completed background check is necessary only if their application is selected.