The DV Lottery, or “Diversity Visa Lottery,” is a lottery held annually by U.S. immigration authorities. The Diversity Visa Lottery allows foreign nationals to apply for a green card, based on their origin from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Applicants may file USCIS Form I-485 to apply for the program.

The number of diversity visas available each year is dependent on immigration numbers from previous years. Therefore, the amount of available visas changes each year. Usually, there are around 40,000-50,000 total green cards available through the DV lottery each year. Also, the list of eligible countries for the DV lottery is constantly subject to change.

What Are Some Restrictions Regarding the DV Lottery?

As mentioned above, one of the main restrictions is that the applicant for diversity visa must be from one of the countries that qualify for the lottery program. This list may change frequently, so it is important to check the listings or consult with a legal professional for up-to-date information on eligible countries.

In addition to these restrictions, there are various requirements based on educational level, income, and work experience. Lastly, some diversity visas are available to person who are already legally in the U.S. For such persons, they may qualify for an adjustment of status. In order to prevent a DV Lottery fraud claim, and to avoid unnecessary investigations, you should familiarize yourself with DV Lottery requirements thoroughly before submitting an application.

What Is DV Lottery Fraud?

Diversity Visa Lottery fraud come in two different types of fraud. These types are:

  • DV Lottery scams: These scams involve individuals or companies sending letters to foreign nationals, stating that they have won a DV lottery. The scam operators will usually ask the scam victim for money in return for help processing the visa. You should never respond any non-official correspondences regarding DV Lotteries. 
  • Immigration fraud: This can involve an applicant who demonstrates fraudulent intent in an immigration application, such as providing false contact information or lying about their country of origin.

For the first type of lottery fraud, legal action may be warranted if the scam company has caused serious losses to the victim. The company or party responsible for the scam may also face criminal charges. The second type of fraud is also serious and can result in various consequences, such as removal from the country or a charge for illegal reentry into the United States.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with the DV Lottery?

The Diversity Visa Lottery can be a helpful program for persons seeking to immigrate to the U.S. You may need to hire an immigration lawyer in your area if you or a loved one of yours needs assistance with a diversity visa application. Your attorney can provide legal research to determine what the diversity numbers are for the year. Also, if you need assistance with any legal documents or court appearances, your lawyer can help with those aspects of the process as well.