What is the numerical limit for Green Card Lottery?

By law, the U.S. diversity immigration program makes available a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence visas each year to eligible persons. However, the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning as early as DV-1999, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program.

The actual reduction of the limit by up to 5,000 diversity visas began with DV- 2000 and is likely to remain in effect through the next DV Lottery Program.

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