Diversity Visa Lottery
The immigration attorneys in our Michigan office can assist you, if you win the diversity immigrant visa lottery drawing, in obtaining an immigrant visa or adjusting status.
Each year, the U.S. makes available approximately 50,000 immigrant visas through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Diversity Visa or DV). Diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than 7% of the available diversity visas in any one year. The program is administered by the U. S. Department of State.
In order to apply for a diversity visa, foreign nationals must first meet the following criteria: 1) birth in an eligible country (a list is published by the Department of State for each fiscal year); and 2) have at least a high school education or its equivalent (successful completion of a 12-year course of formal education), or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform (see O*Net Online https://www.onetonline.org/, to determine qualifying work experience.)
Generally, a person is designated a native of the country in which he or she
was born, and not his or her current country of residence or citizenship. If a
person qualifies as a native of a low admission country, his or her spouse and
minor children may also be deemed natives of the same country. This is known as
The DV entry is filed electronically, during the designated time period
(generally, between October and November). The applicant must print the
confirmation page which contains their name and unique confirmation number.
Qualified applicants are then selected through a randomized computer drawing. An
applicant may check the status of their entry, using their unique confirmation
number, by accessing
www.dvlottery.state.gov, and going to “Entrant Status Check.” Please note
that the U. S. government will NOT notify an applicant whether they have been
selected and how to proceed. “Entrant Status Check” is the sole source for
instructions on how to proceed with the DV application, to include information
on fees, and the interview at the U. S. Embassy/Consulate.
If an applicant is selected, in order to receive a DV to immigrant to the U.
S., the applicant must meet all eligibility requirements under U. S. law. All
processing of entries and issuance of DVs must be completed by the end of the
given fiscal year or September 30. Generally, more applicants are selected than
visas available through the DV program. An applicant should refer to the monthly
Visa Bulletin issued by the Department of State (found at
www.travel.state.gov) to see if immigrant numbers in the DV category are
available to qualified applicants chargeable to a particular region/eligible
country. On the Visa Bulletin, when an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas
are available only for applicants with DV numbers BELOW the specified allocation
Once an applicant’s DV number becomes current, he or she may have the option
of either consular processing or adjustment of status, much like beneficiaries
of family or employment based immigration petitions. Our immigration attorneys
may assist you in determining if you qualify for the DV program, electronically
filing a DV entry, and subsequently obtaining an immigrant visa either through
consular processing or adjustment of status.
The Law Firm of Antone, Casagrande & Adwers, P.C. helps individuals and businesses worldwide with all of their US immigration needs including employment visas, obtaining green cards for business and corporate employees and family members, visas for doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health care workers, together with waivers for physicians under J visa training program, labor certifications (PERM), national interest waivers, marriage-based adjustments and green cards, fiancee visas, family immigration preferences, students, naturalization and citizenship, including medical waivers, asylum, deportation, hardship waivers, voluntary departure and removal. We serve clients in southeast Michigan including the Detroit Metro area, Ann Arbor, and Lansing. With offices in Farmington Hills, MI, we are close to Southfield, Troy, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, Novi, Rochester and Auburn Hills in Oakland County; Canton, Plymouth, Dearborn, and Detroit in Wayne County; Warren, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens in Macomb County; Brighton and Howell in Livingston County; Lansing in Ingham County; City of Monroe in Monroe County, Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County; Grand Rapids in Kent County; Battle Creek in Calhoun County; Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County; Benton Harbor in Berrien County; Holland in Ottawa County; Flint in Genesee County; Ludington in Mason County; Muskegon in Muskegon County; and Traverse City in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Although many of our clients are located in the tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb, we also serve clients in many cities and states in the U.S. including Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; Buffalo, New York; Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Dallas, Houston, El Paso and Galveston, Texas; Miami, Florida; Washington D.C.; Virginia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and many others. In addition to the United States, we also serve Canadian nationals from numerous provinces in Canada, including Toronto and Windsor in Ontario; Montreal in Quebec; Halifax in Nova Scotia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. We also serve cities and countries such as London, England; Scotland and other countries of the United Kingdom (U.K.); Mexico, Paris, France; Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; India; Brazil; Rome, Italy; Shanghai and Beijing, China; Belgium; the Philippines, and many other countries in Europe, Asia and South America.