What is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program?
Some people who want to come into the United States reside in countries with a historically low number of immigrants. Those countries may qualify a person to enter the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The awarding of visas involves a lottery or random drawing of entries.
There are a few specific points that you should know about this program if you’re considering it. These may help you to determine whether you’re willing to go through the process.
Not a quick option
This program isn’t necessarily a fast way to immigrate into the United States. The lottery for 2022 required applicants to apply online in 2020. Many people choose this option because there’s no cost for entering the lottery and no guarantee that they’ll qualify for other U.S. immigration options.
A limited number of visas
There are a limited number of visas available through this program each year. How many are available is based on the country and the region. People who want to apply for these visas can only do so within the dates included in the program’s instructions. Once they apply, they receive a confirmation number. Keeping this confirmation number is critical because it’s the only way for applicants to check and see if they were selected.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is only one option that people have for coming to the United States. Other possibilities may help those who don’t want to take a chance on this program. Working with someone familiar with immigration laws and regulations may be beneficial as you explore your options and work to get legal status in this country.