The U.S. State Department has chosen the winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery for Fiscal Year 2019. The diversity lottery visa is a program that provides green cards for people from countries with historically low rates of immigration through a lottery system. 50,000 green cards are awarded each fiscal year and, as of 2017, around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year. Eligibility for the Diversity Lottery primarily depends on your country of birth. Natives of the following countries are not eligible to enter: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born- individuals born in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are eligible to enter), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam. There are additional limitations on the Diversity Lottery. One requirement is that individuals have a High School Degree (or its equivalent) or have two years of work experience within the past five years in a job that requires two years of training or experience. Another limitation is that you cannot be inadmissible to the United States. To learn more about the Diversity Visa program, please click here.

To check whether you have been selected for the lottery, please enter your information on the official website here. If your lottery entry was selected, the official website will provide information on how to proceed with an application for permanent residence. If you have not been chosen, the official website will also state that fact.

To find out more about the new rules or other investor visas, contact Scott Legal, P.C.


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