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Registration Open for Popular US Visa Program, but Not Accessible to Indians – Find Out Why

The registration period for the Diversity Visa Program 2025, allowing entry into the United States is open from October 4 to November 7, 2023. As a popular pathway for individuals from eligible countries, the program witnesses a high volume of applications annually. Here’s a comprehensive overview of DV-25:

What is the Diversity Visa Program?
The Diversity Visa Program, commonly known as the Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery, allocates a limited number of immigrant visas (green cards) to individuals from countries with low immigration rates to the U.S. Its primary goal is to enhance diversity in the immigrant population by providing opportunities to individuals from nations that traditionally send fewer immigrants to America.

Are Indians Eligible?
No, individuals born and residing in India are not eligible due to the country’s high immigration rate.

Countries like India are ineligible for program entry because of the significant immigration rate of their citizens.

How Many Visas Are Available?
Annually, the U.S. State Department manages the program, offering immigrants from various countries the chance to apply for a visa. For FY2025, a total of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available.

What’s the Cost of Application?
While registering for the DV program is free, selected individuals scheduled for an interview must pay a visa application fee before formalizing their visa application.

How Are Individuals Selected?
Following the closure of the application period, a computer randomly selects entries from all eligible submissions. The selection process operates on chance, constituting a lottery-based system.

What Happens After Selection?
Selection grants eligibility to apply for an immigrant visa, but approval is not guaranteed. Applicants must fulfill immigrant visa requirements, including medical examinations and background checks. Those selected and deemed eligible will undergo a visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country, providing additional documentation and information to support their application.

Ineligible Countries for DV-25:
For DV-2025, natives of certain countries and areas are ineligible due to more than 50,000 natives immigrating to the U.S. in the past five years. The ineligible countries include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including mainland and Hong Kong-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Venezuela, and Vietnam.


source: MSN