Speaking to journalists at the US Embassy on Tuesday evening, Murphy said that each year the US awards around 3,500 visas through the DV program, which is also known as the Green Card Lottery.
Excellence in the English language is not required, he pointed out.
According to the website of the US Department of Homeland Security, the DV program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available each year. The program targets nations with a low rate of immigration to the US.
On entering the US via the program, applicants are then able to apply for a Green Card, providing them with permanent residence status in the United States.