Immigration Fact of the Week Feb. 1

Green Card LotteryQuestion:

What is the Green Card Lottery?


The Green Card Lottery is a program that grants Green Cards to people from qualifying countries who meet education requirements.

The Green Card Lottery, also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery, makes 55,000 visas available to Green Card hopefuls who are unable to file for a family-based or employment-based Green Card. The winners of these visas are chosen at random. The reason why it’s called a Diversity visa is that it was created to diversify the foreign-born population in the U.S. The only people who are able to participate in the Green Card Lottery are people who were born in a country with small rates of migration. A country is ineligible if it has sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the last 5 years.

Entrants must have a high school education or its equivalent, or they must have two years of work experience in the past five years. The lottery takes place every year in October.

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