Each year, the Department of State (DOS) administers the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV), and opens up the registration process to applicants who wish to immigrate permanently to the U.S. The DV immigrant visa provides the possibility of a green card for “diversity immigrants,” who are natives of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.
Each year there is an annual allocation level. There is no cost to register for the DV program.
The DOS selects applicants through a randomized computer drawing, or a “lottery” system and must distribute diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than 7% of the available DVs in any one year. This may change from year to year.
The DV program will not be open to countries where more than 50,000 of their nationals have immigrated to the U.S. in the past five years