What comes to your mind when you hear about the word: Diversity Visa Lottery? The word you’re looking for is – America.
The United States of America is one country that attracts immigrants from all over the world every year. People want to find better living conditions in the so called ‘God’s Own Country’. Not so many can eventually get into America. In fact, from the millions that apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery, only a few thousand ever smile home with a green card. Some countries are even been barred from applying due to one reason or the other. We’ll discuss the facts and figures that relate with the Diversity Visa Lottery in this piece.
Only 50,000 people can win
The Diversity Visa Lottery is the most sought after visa lottery in the world today. Millions of people apply every year to get a chance to live permanently in the United States. However, only 50,000 slots are available. Winning a slot is purely based on luck and nothing else. It’s foolhardy to offer money to anyone who claims to be able to help you win the lottery. The American government is very strict with this program and only lucky people who meet the criteria are given a slot.
The law guiding the Diversity Visa Lottery was enacted in 1990. It was stipulated in the American immigration act of 1990 that 50,000 people from countries who send less immigrants to the United States would be given a chance to live and work permanently in the United States. Only countries with low rate of immigration in the past five years were considered. The law took effect in 1995.
List of ineligible Countries
Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply in DV-2020 because those countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years: BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
Please note that this list is subject to change from time to time.
The door might’ve already been shut until 2020
If you haven’t applied for a Diversity Visa Lottery now, it might already be too late. According to a statement from the official DV program website,’the DV-2020 program: the revised online registration period for the DV-2020 Program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).
The website warns that, individuals who submit more than one entry will automatically be disqualified. | US Army Recruitment for Foreigners
Number of people who apply yearly
We have mentioned a couple of times that millions of people apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery. However, during our research, we discovered that at least 23 million people applied for the DV-2019 program. That’s for the 2017 Visa Lottery alone. It’s simply a staggering amount.
Ways to apply if your country is ineligible
Many more people would love to apply for DV program but sadly their country is ineligible because they’ve sent thousands of people to America via the DV program already. But all is not lost. There are two ways you can apply if your country is ineligible.
- If your spouse was born in an eligible country, you can apply with your spouse and choose your spouse’s country as your own.
- If neither of your parents were legal residents of your own country of birth, you can choose your mother or father’s country of birth
To apply for the United States Diversity Visa Lottery you must go online and fill out an application form. You can always do this even if the Diversity program for the year has been closed. This enables you to easily apply when it reopens instead of filling the application form afresh. Here is a link to the DV program official website: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/(S(ssaoxrjzcpwqvoo0ihmlzlfl))/default.aspx