History of the Visa Lottery Program
The green card lottery was established by the Immigration Act of 1990, in which 55, 000 immigrant visas would be available annually to those selected in the annual drawing. The first green card lottery was held in 1995.The program was established to promote diversity of the immigrant population in the United States through the selection of individuals from countries that are underrepresented in the immigrant population. Individuals from countries that have sent more than 50, 000 immigrants to the United States in the past 5 years, are not allowed to participate in the diversity visa lottery program.
The number of diversity visas available per year has been 50, 000, after the implementation of the NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act) in 1996. Thus 5,000 visas are reserved for Nicaraguans, Cubans, Guatemalanas, Salvadorans, and those from former Soviet bloc countries who had arrived to the United States as asylees, and who have remained in the United States for at least 5 years, since December 1, 1995. These visas granted under the NACARA are valid for asylees and their dependents.
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Written by:Mark Carmel
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