Visa Diversity Program is a lottery program which is meant to receive permanent Resident Card in United States. The Program also knows by the name of Green Card Lottery.
Opening of the Program
The 2014 Diversity Visa program opened on October 2, 2012 and accepted applications till November 3, 2012.
The application has to be submitted online, electronically on electronic DV entry form. No papers would be accepted for the entry.
It was advised to the applicants not to wait till the last minute because there might have been congestion in network due to large amount of applications being filled up at the same time.
The administration of the program
The program is administered every year and more than 50,000 visas are issued to the immigrant applicants.
As the name suggests, the selection is done randomly. One can only be selected if all the details are met and a special privilege is provided to the applicants belonging to the countries which have low number of representatives in US. The selection process is randomly done by the computer.
The Program is administered by the Department of State and follows the terms of Section 203(c) of Immigration and Nationality Act.
Cases have been noticed when some of the companies are posting websites in the name of US Government and asking the applicants to submit a huge amount of money, to complete the entry forms. However, downloading and completing the entry form does not incur any cost to the applicant.
The Distribution Plan
6 Geographic regions are planned for distributing the visas. US prefer to encourage visas from countries showing small or no representation in terms of immigration. No visas are given to the applicants from countries which already have more than 50,000 immigrants in US. Most importantly, any particular country cannot receive more than 7% of the available Diversity Visas in a year.
The countries not receiving the preference
Countries like Bangladesh, China, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, India, Jamaica, Pakistan and some more are not eligible to apply under this category because they have already sent more than 50,000 immigrants to US.
Notification to the Selectees
The applicants would be intimated about their selection and interview details through an online process. Entrants can also check their status of selection through online Entry Status Check which has begun on May 1 of 2013.
On being selected and applicant would be guided through the entire process of making further applications, eligibility criteria and also interview date and process.
US have always preferred diversification in Immigrant population. The aim of this kind of a program is to provide equal opportunities to those countries which do not have a significant representation in US. Although the process is random, it certainly prefers the natives of those countries which need to be a part of US success story.
Therefore the Department provides enough support and information to the selected applicants in the lottery process.