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Lottery

Limited number of non-preference immigration visa is available to people from countries not well represented in the immigration population. Beneficiaries of nonpreference immigration visa are selected on a lottery basis. Applicants of non-preference immigration do not need petitioner in the U.S. Aspirants for diversity immigration may file only one application per year, and a random lottery then selects the actual beneficiaries. Applicants should be warned that failure to follow instructions could result in disqualification. Also, people from “high-admission countries” are not eligible for lottery. Finally, individuals must meet education or experience requirement to qualify for lottery/diversity visas.

The requirements are:

  • applicant must have a high school education or its equivalent, or
  • within 5 years preceding the application, have had at least 2 years of experience in an occupation that requires at least 2 years of training or experience.