The Diversity Visa Program (DV Program), or Green Card Lottery is administered annually by the Department of State (DOS); which makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually; drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
DV lottery is conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended via INA 203 provides for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). The lottery makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of immigration to the United States.
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