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How Does the Green Card Lottery Work?

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Question: How Does the Green Card Lottery Work?
Answer: The annual green card lottery program (Diversity Immigrant Visa Program) is an opportunity for potential immigrants to obtain the status as a permanent legal resident of the USA. This program runs each year and provides 55,000 "Green Cards" to applicants randomly selected in a lottery process - known as Green Card Lottery.

To be eligible to apply for the green card lottery, you must be a native or a country with a low rate of immigration to the United States. You must also meet the education or work experience requirements.

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
Green Card Lottery instructions, eligibility requirements, and program information.

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