The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program will issue 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) in 2015. This program is unofficially known as the green card lottery system and individuals from around the world can apply for a U.S. Permanent Resident Card. The program will give foreign residents an opportunity to live and work in the U.S. Each year, the U.S. Department of State opens registration in October and applicants have the chance to fill out forms online until early November.
The Diversity Visa program is administered annually by the State Department under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990. Registration for the DV 2015 program will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and end on Saturday Nov. 2.
While the application is open to the residents around the world, the program is specifically aimed at attracting those who meet eligibility requirements and are from countries with historically low immigration rates.
To be eligible for DV consideration, an applicant must have a minimum of a high school education and have worked for at least two years in the past five years. Additionally, the applicant must have gone through a minimum of two years’ of training in his or her field.
Previous applicants from the 2014 program can check the status of their applications on the State Department’s website. Applicants must use their confirmation number to check the website in order to learn whether their form has been accepted.
Applicants who have been selected for the program must fill out additional paperwork proving their eligibility, pay $330 in fees, pass a medical exam and interview at the U.S. embassy in their home country. During the interview, applicants must present a selectee notification letter, valid passport and civil documents such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate or military records.
Natives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) are not eligible for the DV-2015 program due to high immigration rates in the past few years.
For more information on the DV-2015 application process visit Immigration Direct.