There are many different options for traveling and moving to the United States. Many of those immigration options are for narrow purposes, like employment. Foreign nationals who do not qualify for those types of specific visas might want to consider the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program instead. This can be a better opportunity for people who are excited about the possibility of immigrating to New York.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program helps citizens of countries with low immigration rates to the United States get visas. There are 50,000 diversity visas available every year. That may sound like a lot, but compared to the number of people waiting for a diversity visa, it is not many at all. On top of that, the list of countries that qualify for this program can change every year. This means that a person who did not receive a diversity visa might not even have the opportunity to apply the next year.
It is very important to submit a complete and accurate application by the deadline. Applications are submitted online. The U.S. Department of State — the DOS — provide detailed instructions for applying, but many people either do not understand or simply do not follow those instructions. Every year the DOS denies millions of diversity visa applications because people do not follow all the instructions.
A notification is mailed to a person if he or she wins the diversity visa lottery, so including the correct address on the application is very important. However, even after winning the visa lottery, that individual still has to meet a few other qualifications for things like education and work experience. It is not always easy to figure out whether a person qualifies for immigration opportunities like this, so it might be helpful to speak with an experienced New York attorney first.