Helpful US immigration advice
There are many steps involved when applying for US immigration. Thankfully, we’re sharing some helpful US immigration advice for South Africans in this post.
Immigrating to any country, especially America is a long, tedious, stressful process.
As someone preparing to make the move from South Africa, you’re probably scouring the Internet for immigration advice.
Many sources focus on visas as a method of immigration. There’s not much out there regarding the Green Card Lottery, and we’re here to help you with some general tips that can help make the process seem less mysterious.
When to apply for the Green Card lottery
The Green Card Lottery works a bit differently than the traditional visa process.
While immigrants usually need to file for petition prior to applying for their visa, if you’re a winner of the Green Card Lottery, there’s no reason to go through that.
Once you’ve won the lottery, you’re permitted to apply for your visa as soon as you receive your application package.
However, there is a timeline for the Green Card Lottery. Applications are officially accepted by the State Department between October to November and the actual results are announced on the following year between May to July.
During the months of May to July, you can log onto the Department of State’s website and verify your winning.
Know the criteria
Determine whether or not you’re eligible for the Lottery by checking whether you fit the criteria.
If you residing overseas, as a South African you’re eligible for the program.
South Africa is an eligible country due to the fact it haven’t sent out over 55,000 new immigrants in the past 5 years to the U.S.
Furthermore the U.S. government is practically encouraging immigration from South Africa through the American Green Card lottery program.
You’ll also have to fulfill education and work requirements to apply for the lottery.
You’ll need a high school diploma or an equivalent, or 2 years work experience in the last 5 years, in an occupation which qualifies. In case you will be selected as a winner you will be ask to present with this requirements.
Coming from South Africa which is an English speaking country will make the documentation process very easy to understand.
Know your options
Even if you don’t win the Green Card Lottery, there are many options available to help you immigrate to America.
The first piece of advice is to understand the process. While the Green Card Lottery is a valid option, only 55,000 entries will receive a green card. It may seem misleading, as about 110,000 names are drawn, but the excess entrants will be put on a waiting list.
Think of the Green Card Lottery like standing in a queue to receive it.
If you don’t win the lottery, there are other methods of obtaining what you need to immigrate to America, including various other different types of visas, each with their own process.
It may seem pointlessly ruthless and meticulous, but the process of immigration is never an easy one. It’s lengthy, and you may feel it’s too drawn out. However, in the end, immigration is worth it to experience a new culture and quality of life.
Ensure that you have the proper documentation and you keenly follow this immigration advice, you’ll soon call the United States your home.
If you have any questions regarding the American Green Card Lottery Program, please feel free to contact us.