Originally Published in The New York Times
Daniel Shoer Roth - October 10, 2020
This week, the U.S. government opened the entry period to participate in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for Fiscal Year 2022 (DV-2022), which ends on Nov. 10, 2020.
Popularly known as the visa lottery, the program will once again give away 55,000 green cards to foreigners. Participation is simple and free.
The official instructions for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program DV-2022 explain to the very detail how to enter the computerized draw, who qualifies and who doesn’t, and it also contains a section with frequent questions and answers, chief among them the requirement to have a valid, unexpired passport, to be able to submit the entry form.
But due to the huge worldwide interest in this popular program that allows foreigners to live and work legally and permanently in the United States — last year there were 6,741,128 qualified entries or 11,830,707 foreign nationals including family members — the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has been publishing in its Twitter account some advice for visa hopefuls.