Diversity Visa Program (the Lottery)

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Every year, the U.S. Department of State allows people from certain countries who have sent the fewest immigrants to the U.S. in recent years, and who meet specified educational and financial criteria, to enter a lottery program. The "winners," who are randomly selected, may then apply for a U.S. green card (permanent residence).

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