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Diversity Lottery FAQ

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on October 11, 2013

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program provides 55,000 green cards each year to nationals of countries which the U.S. considers to be under-represented in U.S. immigration.  The following are frequently asked questions regarding the Diversity Lottery Program.

Who is eligible for the Diversity Lottery?

To be eligible for the Diversity Lottery Program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be from an eligible country;
  • Have either a high school diploma or two years of work experience within the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training; and
  • Otherwise be admissible.

What countries are excluded from the Diversity Lottery 2015?

The program permits applications from foreign nationals who are not from an excluded country, which for DV-2015 include the following countries that have sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the previous five years: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

How can I register for the DV 2015 Program?

Online registration for the DV 2015 Program began on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and will conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Applications must be submitted online at There are no fees to complete the DV 2015 application. Applicants are encouraged to file their electronic application as soon as possible.

Can same-sex couples apply for a green card under the DV 2015 Program?

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, along with their minor children, are eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses. Accordingly, DV 2015 applicants may include same-sex spouses in their initial entries or add spouses acquired after their initial registration.

How can an Illinois immigration attorney help me with my DV 2015 application?

The Chicago immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group focus on helping immigrants obtain the necessary work-related visas, family-sponsored visas, and green cards, including green cards available under the Diversity Lottery Program. We guide clients through the entire visa process – from visa application submission to the interview process and compliance with visa requirements. If you are a foreign national who wants to obtain a visa or green card, do not hesitate to contact us at (847)564-0712(847)564-0712 to speak with an experienced and qualified Illinois immigration attorney.