Diversity Visa

Requirements for Immigration to the USA

In order to immigrate to the United States through the US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program (also known as the Green Card Lottery), a foreign national must:


  • Be BORN in a country listed by the US State Department as eligible to participate in the Green Card Lottery for a particular DV-year;
  • Meet the educational requirement (i.e., completion of secondary/high school) OR specific work experience criteria;
  • Correctly submit an accurate Green Card Lottery application and photo(s) that meet the strict DV-Lottery criteria during the brief annual registration period usually held in October;
  • Be among the approximately 100,000 DV-Lottery winners randomly selected by computer to continue the immigration procedure;
  • Correctly complete and submit the Form DS-260 to the US State Department’s Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) so the Consular Interview can be scheduled at the US Embassy or Consulate;
  • Meet the health and character requirements;
  • Pay the necessary fee(s);
  • Successfully pass the Consular Interview and be issued a US Diversity Visa for immigration to the United States!


Please note that this is a simple overview of some of the key eligibility requirements and the general procedure for immigration to the USA through the Diversity Visa Program.