At the beginning of every federal fiscal year (October), the Department of State conducts a lottery called the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. If an individual is chosen, they are eligible to submit an application for permanent residence (i.e., a green card). Anybody can register as long as they are a local of an eligible country (oversubscribed nations are not eligible. So the list of nations is subject to change every year), and have at least a high school diploma (or same) or at least two years of work experience.
The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on a yearly premise by the U.S. Department of State and conducted under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Moreover, this lottery gives a limit of up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year. To be made available to people from nations with low rates of immigration to the United States. Those granted a DV visa become permanent residents of the United States.
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2023)
The yearly DV program makes diversity immigrant visas available to people meeting the simple, yet severe, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic areas. With a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration. And with no visas going to nationals of nations sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the period of the past five years. Within every area, no one nation might get in more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.
The guidelines for the DV-2023 lottery are below. The application period runs from early afternoon Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, 6th October 2021. Through early afternoon Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, 9th November 2021.