Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “Diversity Immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. The program creates an internet-based “Lottery” and randomly selects individuals from a pool of eligible entrants and qualifies them to apply for immigrant visas. The Diversity Visas or DVs are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. DV program makes available up to 50,000 diversity visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The Department of State conducts annually an online registration for a limited period and applicants who get selected are eligible to pursue permanent residence either through adjustment of status within U.S.A. or through the immigrant visa processing at the U.S. consulate abroad.
The eligibility criteria for Diversity Visa are:-
- Applicants must be born in a qualifying country and must have a high school education or its equivalent; OR
- Should have 2 years of experience in the past 5 years in an occupation requiring at least 2 years of training or experience.