American Visa Lottery, also referred to as the Diversity Visa Program (DV Lottery) is a visa option used to bring people from selected regions to the United States.
Every year the Department of State selects immigrants randomly and issues them a Diversify Visa (DV). This program has been implemented since 1990 to fulfill the need for immigrant labor in various industries and businesses. It was adopted in 1990 by a presidential directive in response to recommendations made by the American Immigration Act of 1990.
This system replaced the original formula, used from 1975 to 1990, that allowed applicants to obtain permanent residency based on how many people they had sponsored or given employment to, who then would be able to petition for their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.
Each year, randomly selected individuals are permitted to apply for permanent residency through a lottery process administered by the United States Department of State. Approximately 50,000 visas are issued annually.
These visas are only available to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States and do not provide citizenship or eligibility for future U. S. citizenship. In many cases, these countries have virtually no ties to the United States.
This makes it hard for Americans to understand why immigrants from these countries would choose to immigrate to the United States and invest so much time and money in obtaining their visas.
But they do, because America is perceived as a wealthy country with an abundant amount of opportunities for successful careers. It is easy to dismiss this fact as bias against certain groups of people and say that Americans don’t want immigrants from poor countries because it offends the American ideals of economic prosperity and success.
Immigrants will be granted access to education, social support systems, employment opportunities, healthcare, political participation, etc. once their immigration to the country is certified.
Which countries are not eligible for DV lottery?
The DV lottery has four priority categories: Family-sponsored (married or single), employment-sponsored, humanitarian (for refugees or stateless persons) and diversity lottery.
If your country of origin is in one of these priority categories, you will not be eligible for the DV lottery. To learn which countries are eligible for the DV lottery, click here.
Eligibility Requirements to Apply for the DV-2022
In orders to be eligible for the DV-2022 program, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be 18 years of age or older;
- You must be in a valid marriage (even if you have been married previously);
- You must have at least two children who are 21 years of age or younger;
- You must be proficient in English;
- You must be legally free to travel;
- You must have an email address and telephone number that can be verified by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);
- You must have no criminal convictions;
- You must not have ever been denied refugee or asylum status;
- You must not have any medical conditions that make you a public health risk;
- You must not have ever committed acts of terrorism or serious crimes against humanity;
- You must not have any infectious diseases that make you a public health risk;
- You must not have ever been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB);
- You must not have ever been convicted of an aggravated felony or crimes related to child pornography;
- You must not have ever been deported from the United States or removed from the United States prior to arrival in Canada, Mexico, or any other country;
How is DV Lottery winners selected?
The DV lottery takes place annually on October 1st, every year. The first phase of the DV lottery involves allocating entries among various geographical regions (zones) based on population size.
As such, this phase involves no further vetting or processing of candidates, as only eligible individuals residing in each zone will be considered for selection in that zone.
If your name is drawn from the second phase of the DV lottery, your interview with USCIS may occur either before or after your entry interview with Canadian border services officers.
Your chances of being selected increase significantly when you participate in the lottery at least one year prior to your desired travel date.
How do I register my DV Lottery 2022?
You are advised to apply for the DV-2022 as soon as possible, as it may take several months to complete all application requirements. Applications are accepted in advance of the yearly lottery by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for eligible applicants who entered the DV lottery prior to December 15, 2020.
To find out if you are eligible, see Eligibility Requirements above. If you meet the eligibility requirements, submit your completed application along with all required documents and payment by mail or online using a U.S. post office box address or any non-U.S. address where USCIS can forward your application package securely and discreetly.
How can I check my DV Lottery 2022?
The time stamp on your registration form indicates the day and time that your registration was processed.
This information will also be printed on your Entry Voucher and any associated correspondence from USCIS. You will receive an Entry Voucher via regular mail within 60 days of submitting your application, but it is not required to begin the process.
In some cases, it may take up to 6 months to receive your Entry Voucher, so we recommend applying early. Please refer to the Visa Bulletin and Current Process Times for estimated delivery times.
The online system does not accept submissions from commercial email providers such as Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. You are to apply using a personal email address for this reason. You can track the status of your application at any time through the Status Check tool, found in the “Help” section of the website. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-submit-entry1.html?wcmmode=disabled