• Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Now Open For Fiscal Year 2012
  • October 15, 2010 | Authors: Lisa Dibbern Duran; Maria Frenn Kallmeyer; Grant Sovern
  • Law Firms: Quarles & Brady LLP - Phoenix Office ; Quarles & Brady LLP - Chicago Office ; Quarles & Brady LLP - Milwaukee Office ; Quarles & Brady LLP - Madison Office
  • Each year the U.S. Congress makes available 55,000 immigrant visas (aka, “green cards”) to applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program. The U.S. Department of State conducts the lottery and randomly selects approximately 100,600 applicants from a pool of millions of qualified entrants. From this selected applicant pool, a maximum of 50,000 diversity visas are then issued during the following fiscal year. Once all the visas are issued or the fiscal year ends, the program is closed. Recipients of diversity visas are authorized to live and work permanently in the United States. Additionally, they are allowed to sponsor a spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 for lawful permanent residence in the United States along with them.