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1.What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is a Permanent Residence Visa of the U.S.A. A Green Card
will give you legal right to work and live permanently in the United
States. Green Card holders receive health, education, and several
other benefits. If you win a Green Card, you can apply for U.S. Citizenship
at a later time. The Green Card does not affect your present citizenship.
You and your family could be lucky winners if you act immediately!
2. Who is eligible to apply for the
To enter, an applicant must be a native of an eligible country (see
below), and MUST have EITHER a high school education or its equivalent;
OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an
occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience
(these requirements are explained in details below).
3. What are the requirements for education
or work experience?
The law and regulations require that every applicant must have at
least a high school education or its equivalent or, within the past
five years, have two years of work experience in an occupation requiring
at least two years training or experience. A "high school education
or equivalent" is defined as successful completion of a twelve-year
course of elementary and secondary education in the United States
or successful completion in another country of a formal course of
elementary and secondary education comparable to a high school education
in the United States. Documentary proof of education or work experience
should NOT be submitted with the lottery application, but must be
presented to the consular officer at the time of immigrant visa
4. Must I re-apply every year for the
lottery to be considered?
The law specifies there must be a separate application for each
year's visa lottery. The fact that a person has registered for Visa
Lotteries in the past has no effect on the next Visa Lottery. Each
person who wishes to be included in next Lottery must submit a new
5. How is the term "native"
defined or "country of birth" ? Are there any bases upon
which persons who have not been born in a qualifying country may
be eligible to enter?
"Native" ordinarily means someone born within a particular
country, regardless of the individual's current country of residence
or nationality. According to Section 202(b) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act, if a person was born in an ineligible country but
his/her spouse was born in an eligible country, such person can
claim the spouse's country of birth rather than his/her own. For
example, a person born in an excluded country such as England may
still apply if his or her spouse was born in a qualifying country.
Also, if a person was born in an ineligible country, but neither
of his/her parents was born there or resided there at the time of
the birth, such person may be able to claim nativity in one of the
parents' country of birth. For example, if one of your parents was
born in France and the other was born in Germany, and you were born
in Canada while they were visiting Canada, but had not established
residency; you could claim France or Germany as your qualifying
6. Why do certain countries not qualify
for the diversity program?
Diversity visas are intended to provide an immigration opportunity
for persons from countries other than the main source countries
of immigration to the U.S. The law states that no diversity visas
shall be provided for "high admission" countries, that
is, countries from which during the previous five years there were
more than 55,000 immigrants in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based
visa categories. The list of countries, which do not qualify, is
subject to change from one year to the next.
7. Is each applicant limited to only
Yes, the law allows only ONE application BY OR FOR each person during
each registration period; SUBMISSION OF MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION
WILL DISQUALIFY THE PERSON FROM ENTERING THE LOTTERY. Applicants
may be disqualified at time of registration or at the time of the
visa interview if more than one entry is detected. Submission of
an application during one or more previous DV lottery has no effect
on entitlement to participate in the next DV lottery.
8. May a husband and wife each submit
a separate application?
Yes, if otherwise qualified, a husband and a wife may each submit
one lottery application. If you receive a Green Card through the
lottery, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 will also get
green cards at the same time as you. Unmarried children under 21
may be included on each of their parents' application forms. All
children over 21 years of age must file separate applications. Submitting
separate applications for you and your spouse double your chances
9. Is there a minimum age to apply
for the lottery?
There is no minimum age to apply for the visa lottery. However,
the requirement of a high school education or work experience for
each principal applicant at the time of visa issuance will effectively
disqualify most persons who are under age 18.
10. How does the Green Card Lottery
At the National Visa Center all entries received will be separated
into one of six geographic regions and individually numbered. After
the end of the application period, a computer will randomly select
cases from among all the mail received for each geographic region.
Within each region, the first letter randomly selected will be the
first case registered, the second letter selected the second registration,
etc. When a case has been registered, the applicant will immediately
be sent a notification letter by the National Visa Center, which
will provide appropriate visa application instructions. Note: Entries
that do not have all required information will be rejected. Also,
entries received before or after the announced dates will be disqualified.
11. How would I know if I win?
Applicants will be selected at random by computer from among all
qualified entries. Only winners will be notified by mail at the
address listed on their application. The notifications will be sent
to the winners between April and July, along with instructions on
how to apply for an immigrant visa. Persons not selected will NOT
be notified. U.S. embassies and consulates will not be able to provide
a list of successful applicants. Anyone who does NOT receive a letter
will know that his/her application has not been selected.
12. How many applicants will be registered?
There are 55,000 DV visas available, but more than that number of
individuals will be registered. A total of about 90,000 persons,
both principal applicants and their spouses and children, will be
registered. Since it is likely that some of the first 55,000 persons
who are registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance.
13. May persons who are in the U.S.
Yes, an applicant may be in the U.S. or in another country, and
the application may be submitted in the U.S. or abroad.
14. May persons who are already registered
for an immigrant visa in another category apply?
Yes, such persons may enter the lottery.
15. What is my chances of winning?
The winning chances cannot be determined at this time. It will depend
on the number of applications to be submitted. Usually out of 6-7
million applications, 100,000 are selected initially. So, chances
are 1:60-1:70. Which is much higher, than winning a regular lottery.
16. Where is the Lottery held?
DV-2007 application will only be accepted online.
17. What is the cost for entering the
U.S. Government does not charge a fee for entering the DV program.
Divlottery.com charges $15 for a single application and $20 for
a family application. Divlottery.com guarantees that you application
will be reviewed and submitted to the DV program.
18. How do I submit my photograph?
You will have to upload your photograph with your application or
you can email it to us after submitting your information.