There are a few exceptions to these rules, for example, some people qualify for the Life Act, referred to as 245i, which expired on April 30, 2001. This would forgive your unlawful presence and you could adjust in the U.S. But that becomes rarer every year that passes.
Another option is filing a waiver. That requires showing extreme hardship to a qualifying relative. However, if you have a qualifying relative he or she could have filed for you, and thus, the diversity visa wouldn’t be necessary.
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