Each year the Department of State provides 50,000 immigrant visas ("green cards") for people from selected countries in its Diversity Visa Lottery program (DV-2015).
Update on DACA statistics through August 31, 2013 - the USCIS approved over 455,455 requests for Deferred Action, from 588,725 applications received. Of these, 350,056 citizens of Mexico, and 3,203 from Philippines closes out the bottom of the Top 10 countries receiving approvals. California is leading among the states with 161,624 and Texas with 93,277 applications submitted is at No. 2.
Beginning on September 9, 2013, all Applicants and Petitioners appearing at USCIS Filed Offices will undergo a biometric screening for fingerprints and photographs for security and verification purposes. The Customer Identification Verification (CIV) system was announce in May 2013, and goes into effect today. For example, when appearing at a "green card" or naturalization interview, both the Petitioner and Beneficiary will have to submit to the CIV check while your child or attorney would not.