How a Unique Visa Lottery Promotes The Dream Of American Diversity—50,000 Green Cards At a Time

How a unique visa lottery promotes the dream of American diversity—50,000 green cards at a time

In the span of about a month between early October and early November, about 14 million people around the world will have applied for a “diversity immigrant visa” to the US. Only 0.3% of them will be successful.
Those might seem thin odds for a visa, but they’re decent for a lottery, which is exactly what the US diversity immigrant visa application is. Since 1994, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has put on an annual lottery with the ultimate American dream as the prize: each year 50,000 green cards, or permanent residency permits, go to winners selected at random (sort …

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