The DV Program (also called the Green Card Lottery or DV Lottery) is an annual lottery of US immigrant visas organized by the US government.
The abbreviation "DV" stands for "Diversity Visa," which already gives away the meaning behind the DV program: continuous immigration to the USA that guarantees the diversity and success of the United States.
The official designation of the US authorities is followed by a year, which, however, does not indicate the year of registration but the American tax year in which the winners will emigrate to the USA at the earliest.
Those who apply for the lottery in 2022 will participate in the DV-2024. The draw will then take place in spring 2023. The American tax year is from October 1st, 2023, to September 30th, 2024, which means winners will receive their Green Cards in the tax year 2024.
The only requirement for participation in the DV Program is a certain amount of schooling or vocational training. In addition, the Green Card applicant must be born in one of the participating countries.
The DV Program features stringent rules, such as the format requirements for Green Card photos. Technical and organizational pitfalls can also pose a problem during the application process.
For this reason, government-certified agencies such as The American Dream take on an important function: they check data and documents, secure the application process, and thus protect Green Card applicants from disqualification by the US authorities.