September 22, 2010
The State Department has released instructions for the FY2012 Diversity Visa Lottery. According to the State Department announcement, 55,000 immigrant visas (green cards, or permanent resident status) will be awarded by lottery "to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States." Entries may be submitted electronically between October 5, 2010 and November 3, 2010. Complete information and instructions are available online at http://travel.state.gov/pdf/1318-DV2012Instructions-ENGL.pdf.