The annual DV Lottery is managed and under the supervision of the State Department. The DV program was designed to rise immigrant diversity by permitting those who are less represented, in the employment and family categories, the chance to apply. Every year 55,000 foreigners receive Diversity Visas that enable them to live, study and work legally in the United States. Thanks to the DV program, immigrants can start a new and improved life in one of the most successful countries of the world, and America receives a flow of new residents that are qualified, skilled, professional and that enriche its multinational culture.
The Green Card Lottery conditions
All individuals that meet the requirements of the lottery can participate in the Diversity Visa Program. The rules of the Green Card Lottery are simple, nonetheless all applicants must obey them strictly. The slightest omission may cause disqualification of the application. Applicants wishing to get a Green Card must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Country of origin
To enter the Green Card Lottery applicants must be natives of eligible countries. In fact, the DV lottery eligibility is mainly determined by the country that you were born. The program 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 to the United Sates in the past five years. If you currently live in a non-qualifying country, you might get a chance on the next year since the list of countries may vary annually. Furthermore, in accordance to the US Green Card Lottery requirements no country can win more than 7% of the overall number of visas assigned annually.
Please note: The DV lottery eligibility is mainly determined by the country that you were born. Therefore, a country that you currently reside in or a country that you have citizenship will not cause an impact.
Which countries are eligible for the Green Card Lottery?
As mentioned before, if you currently live in a non-qualifying country, you might get a chance on the next year. It all depends on the number of people who migrate to United States each and every year. The list of non-eligible countries for the Green Card Lottery (DV -2019) include: UK (excluding Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Brazil, Haiti, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Canada, China (mainland), Colombia, El Salvador, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Philippines, Jamaica, India, Mexico, Vietnam. Natives who were born in countries not listed above are eligible to register for the DV Lottery Program.
Even though you were born in a country not eligible for the Green Card Lottery, you have a chance of applying for the DV Lottery under these circumstances:
- The applicant may still apply for DV Lottery based on the spouse country of birth. In case an applicant was born in a non-eligible country but his spouse was born a qualifying country, the applicant will get the opportunity to claim the spouse nativity and apply.
- The same goes to children under the age of 21 that were born in a non-eligible country but their parents were born in a qualifying country. The child will be able to pull his parents nativity and become eligible to participate in the US Green Card Lottery.
Education requirements for the Green Card Lottery
In order to be eligible, an applicant should have completed high school education. In other words, should have successfully completed a 12-year course of elementary school and secondary school education. An applicant will also be eligible to participate in the DV Lottery Program if he has work experience under a listed occupation. In fact, the condition is to have at least two years of experience within the past five years. A variety of jobs are qualified for the Green Card Lottery.
Another requirement of the Green Card Lottery states that you must include your spouse and any unmarried children below the age of 21 years, whether they are your spouse children by previous marriage, or children who are formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country, with the exception of a child who already holds a U.S. citizenship. The form should include:
- All biological unmarried children.
- All children adopted in law.
- Stepchildren who are under 21 years old and unmarried.
Children above the age of 21 cannot be included in a parent’s application of the Green Card Lottery. In case the lottery took place before the unmarried child turns 21 or in case the child turns 21 after submitting the application, but before the interview, the process will be equivalent as for children under the age of 21.
If case the main applicant does not include all unmarried children under the age of 21, his application will get disqualified. This is one of the very confusing requirements of the Green Card Lottery.
The Green Card lottery application must be submitted during the correct timeslot. A useful tip on the Green Card Lottery from USACITO: don’t wait till the last minute in order to submit your application! The slightest mistake, error and delays will cause disqualification!
For your convenience, we developed a simple and user-friendly application form, which takes no more than 5 minutes to complete. We have made the process of applying for the green card as simple and convenient as possible. You can fill out the form at any time.
Once your application is completed our team of immigration experts will go over it making sure it meets all the basic requirement and our experts will make all the necessary amendments. For further Green Card Lottery questions you can contact our team at any given time.
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