The Visa Lottery

The easiest way to qualify for a green card is the Diversity Visa Program, commonly known as the Green Card Lottery. Each year, 50,000 green cards are made available through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the last five years do not qualify. The applicant or their spouse must be a native of a qualifying country (click here for a list of qualifying country) have a high school diploma or the equivalent (defined as the successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education) OR two years work experience within the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years training or experience to perform.  Registration for the lottery takes place in October.