Disney has agreed to waive visa requirements for those who want a pathway to permanent residency in the United States.
The decision came on Thursday after the company reached an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to waive visas for those from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The Disney Corporation will also waive its application fee for new employees, according to a Disney spokesperson.
The visa lottery allows for a maximum of 150,000 applicants to apply each year.
The company said it will begin accepting applications for the lottery on Friday.
It was unclear how many people will be selected for the visas.
The company said the lottery is part of its commitment to providing a secure and welcoming environment to those seeking refuge from persecution and conflict in their home countries.
Disney said it plans to offer the lottery to any foreign nationals who wish to apply, and those who meet the visa requirements.
“Disney welcomes all people of good will to come visit Disney Resort and participate in our world-class hospitality program,” Disney said in a statement.
“We have also made clear that our priority is to welcome the best and brightest.
We are committed to providing an environment where everyone feels welcome, and where they can express themselves and their culture.”
Disney, which owns the theme parks and resorts in Epcot and Walt Disney World, said in its announcement that it was offering a one-time $2,000 visa waiver.
“In 2018, Disney Parks will begin to allow entry to the United Kingdom under a lottery for new hires and refugees,” the statement read.
“Disney has agreed that the lottery will allow applicants from the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to be eligible for this lottery.
Disney will not be able to match applicants from other countries.”
The company also said it would begin allowing refugees from Syria to enter the United Nations in 2018.
The U.K. government said it had also agreed to offer visa waivers for foreign nationals from Syria and Iraq, the United Republic of Tanzania, Myanmar, and Somalia.
The agreement was announced just weeks after the United Sates ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the U.N. Refugee Agency would “be in a position to offer a visa waiver to foreign nationals and temporary residents in the U