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Each year, the U.S. Department of State through the Diversity Lottery Program (diversity visa lottery) makes 50,000 new immigrant visas available to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of immigration to the United States. The Diversity Visa Program has been responsible for bringing persons as permanent residents or Green Card holders to the United States who without it would not have the opportunity to come, that is, no family of prospective employer in the U.S. Applicants must be a native of a country that is eligible to participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery. 

You may also be eligible to apply if your parent was born in a country that is eligible to participate. Winners of the visa lottery must apply for adjustment of status or for immigrant visa at a U. S. consulate overseas. They must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or two years