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The Diversity-Based Lottery Applications program refers to certain “lottery” programs where citizens of a number of designated countries may file a letter-type application with a designated office at the State Department for a possible random or chronological selection for immigrant visas without any reference to the applicant’s relationship to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. employers. Under present regulations, a lottery applicant must have at least a high school education or two years experience in a position which requires such experience.

The effect of the quota limitations noted above often results in extended waiting periods to complete the permanent residency process. Such status may be sought either through an immigrant visa application before a U.S. Consular Officer abroad or, in certain circumstances, in adjustment of status proceedings with the United States. Individuals must also prove themselves not to be ineligible for immigrant status under any of the general categories of inadmissible aliens specified in the law (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)), including criminality, mental defect, Communist part affiliation, drug trafficking, terrorism, etc.

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