The State Department has received 7.5 million lottery applications from foreign nationals interested in moving to the United States, government officials say.
The diversity lottery - the third of its kind under legislation passed by Congress - seeks to increase immigration from underrepresented parts of the world. Applications were accepted for one month beginning Feb. 12.
In June, a computer will select 55,000 winners at random. Winners and members of their immediate families will be granted permanent resident visas.