US Diversity with the Green Card Program

U.S. Green Card Lottery

The U.S. is proud to be a country of immigrants. More than 10 million immigrants are living in the USA with a Green Card and every day the number grows.

The Green Card Lottery is about maintaining US diversity by giving immigrants who normally would not qualify the chance to come to the USA. The number of Green Cards distributed amongst the continents varies from year to year. Countries that already have a high number of emigrants are not included in the lottery. For example, there are already a high number of people from China, Mexico and the Philippines living in the United States. In order to maintain diversity in the population, the Green Card Lottery makes sure no particular country receives more than 7% of all Green Card given away.

Since the early 1990s the U.S. government has annually given away 55,000 Green Cards through the Diversity Visa (DV-lottery or DV-2020) Program – the Green Card Lottery’s official name. The winners are selected randomly the year following the submission of your application. The number 2020 in the DV Program represents the American fiscal year starting on October 1st 2019 and ending in September 2020. It is also the period when the winners receive their Green Cards.

The duration of this program is as uncertain as ever! The Green Card Program has already been subject to annual review by the U.S. Senate on multiple occasions. The program could become a victim of new US-immigration laws at any time – so this lottery could be the last one! Even Obama tried to pass an immigration reform act package that would have ended the program.

How long the program will last is very uncertain and hard to predict, so don’t let the chance pass you by! If you apply now, you will have the chance to be one of 25 participants who win the lottery!


Read more about the background of the Green Card Program.

Picture: Greencard Lottery - Illustration
© with kind permission of Jörg Dommel
Source: Hamburger Abendblatt