Green Card – Green Card Lottery Articles DV Lottery Resources Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:14:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Last Chance for the American Dream? Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:56:11 +0000 American Dream of Immigrants

The Green Card Lottery is how 50,000 immigrants get to their American Dream every year, but is this the last opportunity for people to use this great program?

This year’s lottery registration season opens October 1 triggering a worldwide rush to enter the program. On November 3, the registration period will end for 2015 and talk that it might not return will build.

The lottery is a congressionally mandated program and as such it is often targeted by congress-people looking to save money in the government. Here we’ll take a look at some of the arguments for ending the Green Card Lottery.

Fraud prevention

The Green Card Lottery has been subject to fraud in the past and congress-people often use this as a reason to get rid of the program.

Reports of people breaking the registration rules are common and several consular processing posts reported “widespread use of fake documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and passports.”

Though this makes it hard for consulates to process green cards, they are still screened.

The H-1B, H2B and family-based immigration programs often have to be examined for fraud and they give out more green cards to people every year than the green card lottery.

If the government wanted to stop all immigration programs that had fraud, they would have to shut down the whole immigration system!

A Green Card Lottery is unfair

Some people have argued that the green card lottery program is unfair because it gives away green cards to random people when those green cards can be used to shorten the wait times for family-based immigrants.

It is true that those wait times are long. Some stretch to 20 years or more!

However, this argument suggests that there are only a certain amount of green cards available every year. Congress can create more, why don’t they?

If Congress wants to reduce the wait times for families, perhaps they should create more green cards for them instead of taking away a cherished immigration program.


Terrorism might be one reason to shut the green card lottery program down. For example, how is the U.S. to know that green card lottery winners aren’t members of terrorist groups?

Simple, they do the same thing as they do for any other immigrant to make sure they aren’t a terrorist: they do a background check.

Regardless of what program a person uses, they will go through the same rigorous background check. If a terrorist gets in, it’s not because of the immigration program, it’s the background check.

Is this the end of the Green Card Lottery?

The answer is probably no.

It’s unlikely that Congress will be able to get enough interest to end the program altogether. Also, it is a sufficiently popular immigration program that lots of congress-people will fight for it.

Though the Green Card Lottery will likely still be around next year, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to lose any of its popularity. As the years pass, more and more people will apply, which will make it harder and harder for immigrants to win green cards.

This might result in Green Card Lottery applicants of 2015 finding themselves to be luckier than those who apply in years to come.

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Benefits of Permanent Residency Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:47:28 +0000 The Green Card Lottery is by far the easiest way to get Permanent Residency in the United States. Application is easy and the benefits of that immigration status are plentiful. Below we will discuss some of these benefits below.

Live in the United States

When you have a Green Card you have proof of your permanent residency in the United States and with that come one of the most important benefits of all. You have permission to live in the United States for as long as you want as long as you maintain your status.

You can live anywhere you want and your status will never expire. Although the Green Card itself will expire every ten years, this does not mean that your status expires with it. The inconvenience of replacing a Green Card can be circumvented by becoming a citizen as soon as you become eligible.

Work in the United States

People who are not from the United States who wish to work within the country must obtain work permits. These are difficult documents to obtain for a number of reasons.

The most prominent of which is the need to obtain labor certification when an employer certifies to the US government that there are no other people currently in the United States who can do that job. This makes getting a work permit an onerous process.

However, Green Cards automatically make you qualified to work in the United States at any job that will hire you.

Travel in the United States

With a Green Card you can freely travel from state to state within the US. This is very convenient for people who wish to travel and take vacations.

If you maintain your Green Card correctly you can easily travel outside of the United States as well. However, it is very important to make sure that the length of these trips does not violate the requirements of residency for the Green Card.

Study in the United States

The United States is home to some of the most important and prestigious universities in the world and with a Green Card you can go to any of universities in the country without getting a student visa. Student visas are only temporary and you must leave the US at the end of your studies. With a Green Card you can continue to live and work in the US even after you have graduated.

There are also many other educational institutions available for residents of the United States.

Social Services

With a Green Card you also have access to many of the social services allowed to United States residents. (However, you will also have to pay taxes to fund these programs.) Below are some examples of available social services:

  • Social Security
  • Unemployment
  • Medicare
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Green Card Processes Wed, 29 May 2013 19:01:29 +0000 Many different processes involving Green Cards can get quite confusing, but after a little research and some help from one of the following guides, you can get what you need.

Keep in mind that there is a third way beside family-based or employment-based immigration. The Green Card Lottery is the only immigration program in the United States which does not require a job offer or relatives already residing in the country. Because of this, it is one of the easiest ways for immigrants to come to the United States.

Green Cards through Family

If you have a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States you can have them file a petition on your behalf to immigrate to the United States.

It is important to be sure that you fulfill the requirements stated by the USCIS. The government is very specific about which family members are allowed to immigrate in this category.

Some of the lower priority levels of this visa have extremely long wait times of over a decade, so it is important to plan.

Green Cards through Employment

Employment based visas are a very popular option in United States immigration and there are some non-immigrant programs that allow people to eventually immigrate.

Generally, immigration visas based on employment are granted to individuals who have their employers file their petitions on their behalf.  Be aware that immigration laws may change this year. If that happens, this process could change significantly.

The Green Card Application

After a petition is granted and your priority date (availability of visa number) becomes available it will be time for you to apply for the actual Green Card document. There are two processes by which this can be accomplished.

People currently living outside of the United States are to file through consular processing at a foreign mission in the region in which they apply.

People already in the United States for one reason or another will file for their Green Card through a process called “Adjustment of Status”. This process is to completed with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).

Green Card Renewal

After a period of time, you will need to renew your Green Card to make sure that your immigration documents are up-to-date and current.

Full Green Cards expire every ten years and it is a good idea to get a 90 day jump on the expiration date.

Conditional Green Cards expire two years after issue and it is essential that you apply for a full Green Card 90 days before the expiration of the conditional Green Card.

Green Card Replacement

In case your Green Card is lost, stolen, damaged or mutilated you can easily have it replaced with this simple process. In essence, it is very similar to replacing a Green Card through renewal, but it is still important to renew your Green Card every ten years.

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Path to become US Legal Resident Tue, 07 May 2013 16:50:34 +0000 Legal residency is an immigration status in the United States which allows foreign nationals to live and work within the country on a more or less permanent basis. In most circumstances, immigrants follow the same pathways to permanent residency.

However, with the Green Card Lottery, there are a number of steps that can be passed by on the way to legal residency. In this article we’ll point out the shortcuts you can take advantage of if you register and win the Green Card Lottery.

Non-Immigrant Status

Most visas for non-immigrant status do not allow the holders to then immigrate while they have that status. Students, visitors and temporary workers must leave the country before they are allowed to attempt to immigrate fully to the United States.

H-1B visas are one status that allows non-immigrants to file for immigration while still in America, but these visas are incredibly popular and are quickly taken up. In 2013, all 65,000 available H-1B visas were issued within one week.

Green Card Lottery applicants need not concern themselves with non-immigrant visas.

Immigration Petitions

The first step to immigrating to the United States is filing an immigrant petition. These forms are filed by immigrants to effectively ask the government for permission to come to the country to live and work permanently.

There are two general types of immigration petitions:

  • Employment-Based: This type of petition is filed by employers on behalf of immigrants to allow them to come to the United States to work.
  • Family-Based: These petitions are filed by a US Permanent Resident or citizen on behalf of a foreign family member to request permission for them to enter and live in the United States.

After the petition is filed, there is often a waiting period that immigrants must undergo before they are allowed to immigrate. These waiting periods are often quite lengthy.

With the Green Card Lottery, the registration is effectively the petition to immigrate. If an applicant wins the lottery they can then apply for immigration and a green card.

Green Cards

Green cards are official US immigration documents that are issued to qualified applicants who have approved petitions. This document acts as proof of a person’s right to live, work and travel throughout the United States freely.

The application process for immigrating to the United States (and the issuance of a green card) can be accomplished one of two ways:

  • Consular processing, where an immigrant applies at a foreign consulate before entering the United States.
  • Adjustment of Status, where an immigrant applies at a USCIS office after they are already in the United States.

Green Card Lottery winners simply file the forms sent to them by the Kentucky Consular Center after they have won. If they are found to be qualified they will then be issued a green card.


After a certain period of time and with the completion of a few other requirements, permanent residents can then apply for citizenship in the United States.

With citizenship, a person cannot be deported unless it is found that their immigration documents or citizenship was granted fraudulently. Also, citizens have the right to vote.

Future Immigration Pathways

Currently, immigrants who reside in the United States without legal documentation are not allowed to immigrate legally (meaning receive a green card) unless they leave the country for a period of time.

However, this may soon change if certain immigration reform measures are passed in Congress. If this legislation is passed, there may be entirely new pathways to permanent residency for immigrants looking to live in the United States.

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How to Get an American Green Card Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:32:44 +0000 Green Cards are immigration documents which are only used in the United States to indicate that the holder is a permanent resident of the US. Permanent residency is an immigration status that allows a newcomer to America to live, work, study and travel throughout the country.

There are some rights that are not available to permanent residents, such as voting. However, after a period of time, permanent residents are allowed to apply for citizenship and the full rights that such a status entails.


The first step to immigrating to the United States and getting a green card is determining how you will apply. There are a variety of situations where you can apply for immigration, but the most popular are the following:

  • Family-Based—if you have a relative already in the United States and they are either a citizen or a permanent resident you may be able to immigrate to the US. Closer relatives are preferred over more distant relatives. Spouses or children often are not subjected to wait times, however, siblings or parents may have to wait for many years to immigrate with this path.
  • Employment-Based—if you have particularly special experience or education in an in-demand field you may be able to have a US company sponsor your immigration to the United States. There are limited numbers of visas given out for this category and there are often waiting periods that last for years.

Immigrants who do not qualify for the above two categories or do not wish to wait in the queue may choose to participate in the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is held every year in May where applicants (who applied the previous October) are selected to immigrate to the United States. This is often the easiest and fastest way for immigrants to come to the united States. However, there are limited visa numbers for this program as well and that should be taken into consideration before applying for the program.

Adjustment of Status

After your immigration petition has been completed and your visa number has come up you can then apply for adjustment of status.

Note: the immigration petition is the form you file to ask the government if you are eligible to have a green card and is part of that determination.

Applying for adjustment of status will only really occur if you are already present in the United States. The form, I-485, should be filed at a local USCIS field office. Be sure to check the online registry to ensure that you are sending your form and the appropriate fees to the correct office.

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Immigration Nation: Service Industry Jobs Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:21:30 +0000 When economists talk about different jobs in an economy they usually divide it into three sectors, sometimes four. It’s relevant to understand the difference because even though the United States has jobs in all of the different sectors, the most important ones in the country are those located in the third sector, the service industry.

Permanent Residents looking for work in the United States would do well to focus on Tertiary sector Jobs.

Economic Sectors

  • Primary Sector—The process of procuring natural resources, such as forestry, mining or farming.
  • Secondary Sector—Also known as manufacturing, the refining of natural resources into products to be sold. Factories that make toothpaste tubes would be classed in the secondary sector.
  • Tertiary Sector—Also known as the service industry. To be discussed in further detail below.
  • (Quarternary Sector—This is a proposed fourth sector of an economy and includes information exchange. Most internet businesses are part of this sector, but can still be included in the Service Industry section.)

Service Industry

The service industry is involved in providing things to consumers that aren’t tangible, meaning that they aren’t objects that one can touch. Rather, their value is derived from the knowledge or information they provide.

There are many different jobs that qualify as being in the service industry, and the majority of jobs within the United States have to do with the tertiary sector. However, it can sometimes be tough to classify a job into one of the sectors.

To help in understanding the difference between the different parts of the economy look at how the job interacts with various parties:

  • Primary Sector is composed of a company interacting with the Earth for resources.
  • Secondary Sector is where one company with resources interacts with another company that needs those resources.
  • In the Tertiary Sector a company interacts with people, or consumers.

Example of a Product’s Life Cycle

We’ll use a table to describe the process of production:

  • A lumber mill cuts down trees and processes them into lumber. This is the primary sector at work.
  • The lumber is sold to a workshop that shapes and fits the wood into very handsome looking tables before varnishing the surface to protect the wood. This is the secondary sector processing the wood.
  • The table now sits in a furniture shop waiting for a salesman to sell it to a young couple looking to furnish their new apartment. This is the Tertiary sector.
  • An example of a quarternary sector job would be an antique appraiser who would value the table years later to see if it has appreciated any value.

Service Industry Jobs.

Here’s a list of categories that are all included in the service industry part of an economy:

  • Shipping,
  • Retail,
  • Customer Service,
  • Information Technology (IT),
  • Restaurant business,
  • Government jobs,
  • Banking and financial advice,
  • Media production (such as journalism, film-making or music production),
  • Translation services.
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How Long Must One Stay in the US before Applying for a Green Card Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:12:15 +0000 A Green Card is the United States document for permanent residency and allows immigrants to live, work, study and travel throughout America for as long as they wish.

There is a certain amount of time that a permanent resident must remain within the United States before they can apply for citizenship, but there is no such requirement for people who wish to adjust status to permanent resident.

Family-Based Immigration

Technically, if you are applying for permanent residency as an immediate relative of a United States citizen, you could potentially become a permanent resident as soon as you enter the country under consular processing.


Immigrants who claim another class of family based immigration may have to wait a significant amount of time between when their petition is accepted and when a visa number comes up that will let them come to the United States. In this situation, these immigrants are allowed to visit the United States for this period of time, but they cannot live continuously in the country while their visa number is backlogged.

Unlawful presence in the United States for whatever reason will end up further complicating any immigration process. In some instances immigrants face bars on their entry for up to 10 years for unlawful presence in America.

Employment-Based Immigration

Many people choose to use the H-1b non-immigrant visa to immigrate to the United States. While usually non-immigrant visas do not allow their holders to immigrate to America, H-1b allows dual intent and therefore the freedom to immigrate on an employment class Green Card. There is no really required period of time that one must be in the US on this visa before they can apply for a Green Card, but there is a limitation to how many times you can renew this visa before you must return to your home country.

There are many people who already live in the United States without proper immigration paperwork, these people are often referred to as “illegal”, but really they are only without documentation and therefore “undocumented.”

As the law stands right now, undocumented residents of the US are required to leave the country for a specific amount of time before they will be allowed to file for immigration to America. However, there has recently been talk in the United States Congress about allowing undocumented immigrants the option to get work permits and eventually a path to permanent residency and citizenship. However, this legislation is not yet solid.

There is a program available right now for people who were taken to the United States as children that allow them to file for work permits called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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Immigration Nation: The American Midwest Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:08:03 +0000 As a Permanent Resident of the United States you will have the freedom to travel all across the nation without restriction and, indeed, live wherever you would like.

When you are considering where to live in the United States consider the American Midwest.

Immigrant's Dream

Located in the central part of the North American continent between Ohio and Kansas, Minnesota and the southern tip of Illinois, the Midwest has come to exemplify the average American lifestyle. However, what this really means is that it reflects the diversity of the country and the tendency to have a profusion of cultures and not just one.

The economy of the Midwest is quite diverse. Even though many people connote vast expanses of farmland and soybean fields to the region, the Midwest houses some of the largest cities in the United States. It is because of this peculiar geography that there are many different kinds of jobs that one can get within the Midwest. There are factory jobs, farming jobs, shipping positions, ranching, high finance and literally any sort of job that one can imagine. The Midwest is truly a microcosm of the United States itself.

Permanent Residents are also allowed to study in the United States and the Midwest has many very well regarded universities. Some are located within the larger cities like Chicago, Cleveland, St. Paul and St. Louis. Many other universities are located in the more rural parts of the Midwest and in these cases, during the school year, small cities spring up called university towns, due to the influx of students. This provides you with a bunch of different options for where you choose to go to school and what kind of experience you want to have.

The Midwest is also considered to be a very beautiful and idyllic part of the world. For this reason many families choose to make it their home and raise their children. Close in proximity to large and important cities, beautiful lakes and forests and cultural centers means that living in the Midwest provides you with many options for nearby vacations.

The Midwest has a long history of immigrant residents as well. Many of the early settlers to the area came from Europe, in particular France, as is evidenced by the French names used throughout the Midwest. Much of the region was part of France and later became known as the Louisiana Purchase because of a deal between the United States and Revolutionary France. Deerborn Michigan is noted for having a very high density of Muslim residents in America.

After five years of living in the United States, or three years if you are married to a citizen, as a Permanent Resident you can apply for citizenship. With citizenship you can not only vote, but your status in the United States becomes unimpeachable. With the exception of fraud, there is no way for your citizenship to be revoked without your consent.

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Diversity Visa Lottery Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:03:06 +0000 In the past couple of weeks I’ve heard some people getting terribly confused about what the Diversity Visa is and the difference between it and the Green Card Lottery. Really there is no difference whatsoever. The Green Card Lottery and the Diversity Visa Lottery are one and the same. So signing up for the Diversity Visa Lottery with is just as easy, and in fact, no different than signing up with the Green Card Lottery.

This program, which is administered by the United States State Department, is mandated by the United States Congress. They decided that about 50,000 permanent residency visas should be distributed to people from countries that don’t usually send very many immigrants to America to promote diversity. Diversity means many different sorts and kinds.

People who are granted these Diversity Visas are allowed to go to the United States to live, work or study on a more or less indefinite basis. After a certain number of years as a permanent resident you can also request citizenship through the USCIS. The advantages of getting a green card are great and it is highly coveted which makes it somewhat difficult to get considering that the United States sets limits to how many permanent resident cards can be issued per year.

If you want to get a green card through the Lottery you should consider using to make sure that your application is properly filled out when it is filed. This is important because the State Department is full of sticklers who will reject your application if there is but a very small error on it. The color of the wall in the background of your application photo is just one reason for why they might throw your application out. No one needs that headache.

Here at we are very familiar with this application process and we can guarantee you that your form will be completed properly. So you can take your mind off of that!

An advantage of the Diversity Visa Lottery is the relatively easy requirements that the State Department has for potential application entries. One of which is that immigrants applying for the lottery must be from a region of the world that does not send many immigrants to the United States. The list of eligible countries is quite long and we will include a list of them in an adjacent blog post which you can find here.

The other requirement that lottery applicants must meet in order to be considered is one that pertains to education. Really, most jobs available in the United States require at least a high school degree. For that reason the State Department requires that applicant immigrants have high school educations. The sole exception to this rule is if you have held a job (which required two years of training) for two years. That kind of job experience is considered its own kind of education.

So sign up for the Diversity Visa Lottery with today and get on track to living in the United States on a permanent basis. We’ll be happy to have you!

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Permanent Residents Are Entitled to the Bill of Rights Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:56:37 +0000 Currently, the most expedient and easiest way to get a green card in the United States is the Green Card Lottery. Also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery, this program which is administered by the Department of State, but mandated by the United States Congress, is only open for registration for a month out of the year. This year, the registration period runs from October 2 to November 3. Sign up for the Green Card Lottery with us today and ensure your entry!

There are a variety of benefits to be derived from becoming a permanent resident of the United States. The most obvious being the rights to live, work and study in the United States. However, it is easy to forget some of the more subtle privileges and rights that residents of the United States enjoy.

The Bill of Rights, a document appended to the United States Constitution shortly after its ratification includes a variety of amendments that establish certain legal rights that anyone within the United States are entitled to. If you are a resident of the United States it is probably a good idea to be familiar with these rights.

The Fourth Amendment, commonly referred to the search and seizure amendment, ensures that peoples’ personal property cannot be ransacked by the authorities without them first obtaining a warrant. The warrant must say what the authorities want to search and what they are looking for. This means that if the police come to your house and say that they want to come in, you do not have to let them into your home. If they come with a warrant, they can enter your home with or without your permission, but it is a good idea to read the warrant and understand why you are being searched.

The Fifth Amendment, often called “The Fifth” and jokingly used to indicate an unwillingness to confess, covers a variety of legal issues. It guarantees you the right to have your rights recognized in court, your right to not incriminate yourself (such as being called to be a witness against yourself), you also cannot be tried for the same crime twice, often called double jeopardy.

The Sixth Amendment ensures that if you are brought to court your case will be “fair and speedy”. This means that your trial will not wallow in bureaucratic stagnation forever. You are also entitled to be informed of your charges, to confront your accuser and your right to a lawyer in your trial.

Every aspiring American should know and take advantage of these rights. Find out how you can get your permanent resident card today!

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