What is the DV Lottery?
This is short for the official name called Diversity Visa Program. The program is also known as Green Card Lottery Program and produces 55,000 winners every year through a process of selection from the entries of individuals belonging from different countries, which have had lowest rates of immigration in the past five years. The Lottery has helped diversify USA population, and provides an equal chance for ethnically diverse people to be able to live and work in U.S. permanently.
How does the Green Card Lottery work?
The Green Card Lottery Program takes place from early October until early November (30-day period), and the winning notifications are published on May the fiscal year. The U.S. operates a random drawing for the ones who desire to enter the USA and obtain legal permanent residency.
How many applicants get selected in the American Green Card Lottery Program?
Approximately 110,000 applicants are originally selected as winners. However, there are only 55,000 visas available under the Green Card Lottery Program. The reason that half of the winners get disqualified is mainly due to lack of knowledge in filling the application or due to failure in the consular process.
Who is allowed to participate in the program?
1) Be a native of an eligible country
2) Have at least a high school level of education with 12 successful years of schooling in core subjects or its equivalent.
Or, have at least two years of experience in a skilled profession within the past five years.
Is there an age limit to participate?
No minimum age as such is set but it will effectively disqualify people who are under the age of 18 years.
Can same sex married couple apply for the Lottery?
The supreme court of the United States issued an historic ruling for gay rights; same sex couples, along with their children, can now apply as any other couples. The process does not require any special intervention on the application side. The couple does not have to reside in a state in which same sex marriage is legal in order to qualify.
What are the requirements in terms of work experience and education level in order to participate?
The individual must hold at least a high school degree or its equivalent depends to his native country, or to have at least 2 years of consecutive experience in the past 5 years for his profession. The needed professions are mentioned to have at least 2 years of experience in the past 5 years are listed by the Department of Labor.
Do I have to be fluent in English in order to participate?
English is not mandatory in order to obtain a Green Card and the interview will be taken place with the help of interpreter and all of the required documents will be translated into English as required. Although, being the official and national language of U.S., it is preferable that you have a strong grip on the English language which will benefit you in many ways. Knowing English increases your chances of gaining a foothold in the international environment amidst culturally diverse people. Also, an added advantage of having access to knowledge and information through news, internet, forums organized for career advancement, etc.
Can an individual submit more than one application annually?
Only one application per person is allowed, if you do submit the application more than once you will get disqualified. Although, married couples can submit one application each (double chances), if they both are eligible and meet the requirements for the DV Lottery Program.
Can I apply if I was born in an ineligible country?
If you were born in an ineligible country, you will only be able to apply if your spouse was born in an eligible country (pulling nativity of spouse is allowed). You might also be checking your eligibility for the program by country of birth of your раrеntѕ, аѕ long аѕ nеіthеr of your parents was a resident of an іnеlіgіblе country at the time of your birth.
Millions of applications are being submitted to the American Green Card Lottery Program every year, unfortunately a very big percentage are being disqualified due to lack of understanding of what the U.S Department entails. USACITO provides specialized and reliable assistance to applicants. Our service guarantees the submission to the Diversity Visa Lottery Program and comprises filling of the required application details correctly; attaching the right photo of each family member in the appropriate and acceptable format, scale and size and submitting the application, while adhering to the strict time slots that open once a year, to the appropriate authorities. We believe that when individuals that want to change their story (by becoming a US citizen) are given a chance through the opportunity that we create with our service, we are not only helping such individuals to achieve their dreams but also helping to achieve one of the main goals of the American Green Card Lottery program- creating diversity.
What kind of information should be included in my application form?
The application form requires details as follow: Full name, Date of birth, Gender, Native country (where you were born), City of birth, Marital status, Education level, Applicant photograph, Full address, Email and Phone number. If you are married and have children their information should be presented as well.
What type of photo is required for my application?
The applicant must submit two full-face photos, taken within the past six months. A full-face photo is one in which the applicant is facing the camera directly. The face should cover about 50 percent of the area of the photo. Photos must be taken against a white background. Photographs should measure 2 inches square (approximately 5 centimeters square) with the head centered in the frame. The head (measured from top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure between 1inch to 1 3/8 inches (25mm to 35 mm) with the eye level between 1 1/8 inch to 1 3/8 inches (28mm to 35mm) from the bottom of the photo.
The photograph must clearly identify the applicant. The applicant should be dressed in normal street attire without a hat. Uniforms and/or head coverings, which obscure the applicant’s features, hair, or hairline, may not be worn. If the applicant must wear head cover, the ears and the forehead must be seen clearly. Photos should be printed without borders. Photos taken in front of busy, patterned, or dark backgrounds will not be accepted.
Will my spouse and children immediately receive the Green Card once I win?
Your spouse and minor unmarried children, not exceeding the age of 21, obtain the Green Card once you win, although, they are obliged to pass the interview process together with you.
How do I access my application online?
USACITO applicants who would like to access their application online in order to update or change any sort of detail can do so 24/7 simply by clicking the “log in” button on our website and accessing the application by filling in their User Number and Password, received after their registration.