Each year, citizens of certain countries may apply through a lottery system for the Diversity Visa (DV) to come to the US and obtain permanent resident status. These are people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US. Natives of countries, which have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the past five years, are excluded from this category.

The maximum number of immigrant visas available to be issued in this category is 50,000. Winners of the lottery visa are notified by the US State Department’s National Visa Center. Upon approval, the winner will be granted permanent resident status in the US, and will also be eligible to bring his/her spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to the US.

For details of the application process and eligible countries, visit the US Department of State’s website at www.USCIS.gov.

Note: The following is basic information regarding the types of visas available. It is in no way to be construed as legal advice. For further information you are encouraged to contact The Fogle Law Firm, LLC for a consultation or appointment so we can provide you with the appropriate solution for your particular case and assist you in achieving your goals.