Each year the US Department of State administers the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program under Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This is known as the Green Card Lottery. The program stipulates that a maximum of 50,000 immigrant visas be awarded to persons from countries with a comparatively low rate of immigration to the United States. These “Diversity Immigrants” are selected by a computer-generated, random lottery drawing, and are distributed among six geographic regions, namely Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, (excluding Mexico), Oceania, Central America, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. There is no charge to enter into the lottery.