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How the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program works

North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that the winners of the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program have been selected by the U.S. Department of State. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is commonly referred to as the Green Card Lottery, provides a select number of visas to the nationals of certain countries that have low rates of immigration to the United States.

Although the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program was designed to allow 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate to the U.S., the Department of State typically selects 120,000 winning applicants for the program at random. More people are selected for the program because the majority of the winners do not actually end up receiving a U.S. visa and green card.

Because the applications are not reviewed until after the winners are selected, Diversity Immigrant Visa Program winners are not guaranteed a visa and green card by the Department of State. After reviews are conducted, many applicants will be found to be ineligible for the program. To qualify for a diversity visa, an applicant must have a high school education, the equivalent of a high school education or at least two years of work experience.

Before submitting an application for a diversity visa, an individual may want to have their application reviewed by an immigration attorney. An immigration attorney may be able to help ensure that the application is completed correctly and the applicant qualifies for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. If an applicant is selected as a winner, an attorney may be able to help the applicant and all of their qualifying family members to complete Form DS-260 so that they can receive green cards.

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