The U.S. Department of State (DOS) conducts an annual visa lottery program. This program, known as the diversity visa lottery or DV lottery, allocates 50,000 immigrant visa numbers each year. These visa numbers are granted to individuals who are chargeable to countries with low rates of emigration to the U.S. The DOS conducts an online registration for a limited period annually. Applicants who are selected are eligible to pursue U.S. permanent residence, if they are otherwise qualified for permanent residence status. Far more than 50,000 "winners" selected by DOS each year; not all "winners" will be able to meet the requirements for permanent residence. No one can help increase an applicant's chance of selection in the DV lottery. Lottery "winners" are permitted to apply either for adjustment of status to permanent residence within the U.S. or for an immigrant visa at an appropriate U.S. consulate abroad.
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