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The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program in the U.S.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program in the U.S.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) in the U.S. is a lottery program issued by the government which offers a limited number of visas (50,000 yearly) for foreign citizens, according to our immigration law firm in the United States. Most of the people who win a lottery immigrant visa live in their countries of origin and they obtain it through the U.S. Consulate located in their home countries. 

This visa can be used to obtain a  residence permit in USA. It can later lead to USA citizenship.

Diversity visa winners who legally reside in the U.S.

Some lottery winners who are selected annually through the diversity immigrant visa program in the U.S. already reside in the country with a nonimmigrant or another legal status. For them, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) develops adjustment of their status applications. 

You can rely on our immigration lawyers in Miami for obtaining USA citizenship. This type of visa is also available for those who move to USA from Australia.

The video below provides more information on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program in Miami

Requirements for eligibility for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program in the U.S.

Winners under the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program in the U.S. who legally reside in the country have to meet the following criteria in order to have their status adjusted:

•    The candidate must have been selected for a diversity visa by the lottery organized by the DOS;
•    He or she is required to possess an immigrant visa readily available at the time of the application for the status adjustment; and
•    The applicant has to be admissible in the U.S.

Our immigration attorneys in Miami can provide more details on this matter.

We are also at your service, should you want to apply for a EB-5 visa. Due to the scale of the investment, it is recommended to use our specialized services to help you through the process of applying for an investor visa for the United States. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our US immigration attorneys.

Our immigration lawyer in the USA can help you bring your foreign spouse here. Your spouse’s immigrant visa can be sponsored by you in order to enter the country. If you follow this procedure, the foreign applicant will apply for a US spouse visa while abroad and the procedure can take longer.

In theory, there are no waiting periods if you are a spouse, an unmarried child under the age of 21, or the parent of a US citizen who is at least 21 years old. These are the so-called “Immediate” categories. But in reality, it will take between 5 and 18 months for your application to be processed before you have your Green Card for the United States.

Availability of the visa for U.S. residents

For the availability of the visa, applicants need to verify the last DOS Visa Bulletin of the last passing month. Section B entails a table that displays the current availability of the visa in the Diversity Immigrant section. The table displays when the Diversity Immigrant cut-off is fulfilled. When this happens, visas are obtainable in that month for the candidates with Diversity Immigrant lottery rank numbers under the stipulated cut-off numbers for their geographic zones.

Section C entails a table displaying the Diversity Immigrant class rank cut-offs for the next month, representing the advance notice of Diversity Immigrant availability of the visa. 

For more details on how to obtain this visa or a  residence permit in USA, please contact our immigration lawyers in the US.