USA Green Card Lottery – Green Card Lottery Articles DV Lottery Resources Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:25:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Green Card Lottery /articles/top-10-reasons-to-participate-in-green-card-lottery/ /articles/top-10-reasons-to-participate-in-green-card-lottery/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:35:27 +0000 The U.S. Department of State’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, commonly known as the Green Card Lottery or the DV Lottery, allows up to 50,000 foreign nationals to immigrate to the U.S. every year. The participants of the lottery who belong to countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. are selected randomly and are issued Green Cards if they are eligible for immigration to the U.S.

This program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many to become legal permanent residents of the country. Here are some reasons to apply to the DV lottery, a golden ticket to the U.S.

  • Applying to Green Card lottery is free. There is no application fee to take part in this program. So you don’t have to pay anyone to participate in this program. You can just try your luck for free!
  • The DV lottery program is conducted by the U.S. government and it really exists! The government makes available 50,000 immigrant visas every year for this program. It is not like the other fake lotteries that aim at extracting money from people.
  • Many assume that they will get a Green Card just by taking part in the lottery and winning, which is not true. Winners are decided by a random drawing and no one knows what will happen. But if you are among the winners, you will get a chance to get a Green Card in the U.S. Remember, this program is one of the quickest ways to get a Green Card unlike the other ways to immigrate to the U.S. that take years for the immigration process to complete. It is quick because all the visas allotted to Dv-2017 will be issued within that fiscal year. For example, 50,000 immigrant visas made available through DV-2017 will be issued between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017. So all those who have won DV-2017, are eligible and whose immigrant visa petitions are successful will most likely get their visas before the end of the 2017 fiscal year.
  • The requirements for the Green Card lottery program are few. The first requirement is that you will need to belong to a country that is on the list of countries eligible for this program . The other requirement you need to meet is the education or the work experience requirement.
  • If you have either started a family based Green Card application or one based on employment, you will most likely be eligible to apply for the lottery! Remember, if you win and if you are eligible, you may get your resident card faster through this program than through the lengthy family or employment based process.
  • If you are married, you and your spouse can both file separate applications. This will double your chances of winning a ticket to the U.S. This also applies to same-sex couples as same-sex marriages are now legal in the U.S. So you can list your spouse of the other sex or of the same sex, if you are legally married to him or her. If you win, your spouse will be able to immigrate with you to the U.S. if they are eligible and vice versa.
  • You will be lucky enough to apply for the DV lottery even if you were born in a country that is ineligible, if you are married and if your spouse’s country of birth is eligible for the lottery. For example, if you were born in Mexico, a Green Card lottery ineligible country but your spouse was born in Australia, an eligible country, you can take part in the lottery by “cross-charging” to your spouse’s country of birth. This way you can take part in the lottery though your country of birth is ineligible.
  • You can list your children on your Green Card lottery entry but if your child is above age 18 and is a high-school graduate, you can make them file separate entries for the lottery. Though this won’t help you, it will improve your child’s chances of getting a Green Card.
  • Finally, we’d like to warn you of the Green Card lottery scams. Remember, the lottery is free and you don’t have to pay anyone for the lottery application. Likewise, you can only submit an application online and just one application in your name in a year. If you submit more than one entry, you will be disqualified. Do not believe if you receive a mail from a sender claiming to be an official from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), asking you to transfer money. Such emails are fraudulent. The DOS never sends emails to DV lottery applicants or winners asking them to send money. Scammers send such emails only to extract money from innocent people.

Make sure to review the DV lottery rules and learn the procedures so that you will know what to expect. If you have applied for the lottery, all you need to do is to sit back and wait till May of the following year for the DOS to publish the results of the lottery. Once the results are out, you can check your status with your lottery confirmation number, through the DOS’s Entrant Status Check. If you win the lottery, you will have to pay for the further processing of your visa and for the application process.

Watch out for the 30 day registration period for the DV-2018 program. If we take into consideration previous years, the program this year too it is likely to begin in October and end in November. Once the registration period is open, you can file your lottery entry.

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Last Chance for the American Dream? /articles/last-chance-for-the-american-dream/ /articles/last-chance-for-the-american-dream/#respond 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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Filing Correctly for the Green Card Lottery /articles/filing-correctly-for-the-green-card-lottery/ /articles/filing-correctly-for-the-green-card-lottery/#respond Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:32:46 +0000 Green Card lottery


Step One: Make sure you are eligible

To qualify for the Green Card Lottery, you need to first be from an eligible country. To see if you were born (or are currently a resident of) an eligible country, click here!

You also need to meet the education requirement. This means you must have at least a high school education (or its equivalent) or have worked for at least two of the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience.

Step Two: Understand the dates

The Green Card Lottery has what can be a confusing way of naming itself. The upcoming Green Card Lottery, for example, is formally called the Diversity Visa Immigration Program 2016 (DV-2016). You need to apply for DV-2016 by the end of 2014 (usually by the beginning of November, though the dates have yet to be announced). It’s called the DV-2016 program because winning applicants will receive their green cards during the 2016 fiscal year.

Step Three: Gather all required information

You should do this before you start your application, in order to expedite the process. You will need your name, gender, date of birth, city and country of birth, the country you claim eligibility for the program, current country of residence, highest level of education, marital status, information on your children (regardless of whether they are in your care or plan on coming with you to the U.S.) and your mailing address.

Step Four: Collect photographs

You will need to submit photographs of yourself, your spouse, and your children with your Green Card Lottery application. Each person must have their own individual photo. The photos need to meet strict requirements, in terms of composition and content. To ensure that your application is not disqualified, USAGCL will walk you through the process to make sure you are submitting the correct photos.

You must send in your application and correct photos to us by October 30.

Step Five: Apply online

Congratulations! You are now ready to enter the Green Card Lottery. Sign in now to complete your application.

If you have yet to make an account, please click here to get started.


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Green Card Lottery Opening Date /articles/green-card-lottery-opening-date/ /articles/green-card-lottery-opening-date/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:00:48 +0000 dv1286019

The application period for the Green Card Lottery is expected to start on October 1, 2014 and will end on November 2, 2014.

The application must be filed online and in one session, so it is important that applicants be prepared before they begin the online registration.

You should have a reliable internet connection and copies of identification documents and birth certificates of applicant and all dependents before applying.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one application each year. If you attempt to apply multiple times, you will be disqualified from the DV Lottery. Sign in to start the process today!

You and your spouse can file one application each, as well as claim their spouse as a dependent. This will double your chances of winning the Green Card Lottery.

Applicants will then be able to check their status online with the U.S. Department of State on May 1, 2015.

Your confirmation number is very important during this period. It is how you can check your status, to see if you have won or not. When you apply with USAGCL, your confirmation number is automatically stored and saved for you, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.

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DV Lottery Winners: Remember to File for AOS in the U.S. /articles/dv-lottery-winners-remember-to-file-for-aos-in-the-u-s/ /articles/dv-lottery-winners-remember-to-file-for-aos-in-the-u-s/#respond Thu, 15 May 2014 17:29:48 +0000 Results for DV-2019 will be Announced Shortly!

While following filing instructions is very important, so are your actions after you win. It’s important to file for AOS (Adjustment of Status) in the U.S. rather than applying for it overseas in a U.S. consulate. Applying at a U.S. consulate overseas means risking denial.


Adjustment of Status

AOS means the change of immigration status from nonimmigrant to immigrant, if the applicant is able to meet all required qualifications for a green card. Only those in the U.S. on valid nonimmigrant status can go through AOS. Those adjusting their status can get their green cards while in the U.S. and they need not go to their home countries to complete visa processing. DV lottery winners in the U.S. can apply for adjustment of status while in the U.S. by filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Consular Processing

Consular processing is an alternative option to applying for AOS in the U.S. It is for people who are outside of the U.S. It allows them to obtain their visa while overseas and enter the U.S. as a permanent resident.

If you do win and you apply for AOS in a U.S. consulate overseas, you risk being on the receiving end of a possibly arbitrary decision by a consular authority. And unfortunately, a consulate’s refusal of a visa is not appealable.

The only option, if your application is denied and you feel that it shouldn’t have been, would be to file a lawsuit in the U.S., which can be quite costly.

Furthermore, a denial made by a U.S. consulate can have bad consequences for you in the future, should you choose to apply again. Even if you apply in the U.S. for the following times, they may look to the initial denial and continue to not grant AOS.

As you can see, if you are a DV winner, it is incredibly important to file for AOS in the U.S., and not in a U.S. consulate overseas. You have less protection is you apply overseas, and can be subject to the possibly arbitrary discretion of a consular worker.

It’s much better to be safe. Always apply for AOS in the U.S. if you can.

Updated – April 2, 2018


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2015 DV Lottery Results Announced /articles/2015-dv-lottery-results-announced/ /articles/2015-dv-lottery-results-announced/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 17:00:46 +0000 dv1286019

Today, May 1, 2014, the official results for the 2015 Green Card Lottery have been released. You can check your status here.

You can also check by visiting the Diversity Visa website. You’ll need your:

  • Confirmation number you received when you registered for the 2015 Green Card Lottery
  • The full name associated with the applicant’s registration form.

DV 2015 Winners

If you did not win this year, feel welcome to apply for next year’s Green Card Lottery! Millions apply each year, but your chances are higher than you might think — over a 100,000 winners are selected each year. 50,000 of these continue their journey into the USA.

The large number of 100,000 is chosen because some applicants do not respond or do not take advantage of being selected. Doing it this way ensures that as many of the 50,000 allotted visas are used.

If you have won this year, be sure to carefully fill out your paperwork, so as to avoid any unnecessary disqualifications. That paperwork, by the way, will be coming in a few short months — please be patient!

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Diversity Visa Job Opportunities /articles/diversity-visa-job-opportunities/ /articles/diversity-visa-job-opportunities/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:25:31 +0000 The Green Card Lottery is a congressionally mandated immigration program which issues 50,000 green cards to people every year.

With a green card, an immigrant can live and work in the United States for as long as they so choose.

This program provides people with a unique opportunity to be able to come to the U.S. without a job offer and to build their new lives afresh.

In many ways, the Green Card Lottery is a symbol of the history of opportunity afforded to immigrants coming to America.

There are not many limitations of the kinds of jobs that a person can get in the U.S. as long as they have a green card. Since immigrants do not need to get an Employment Authorization document for every job they get, they can switch from job to job with relative ease.

Establishing Qualifications

Many immigrants bring experience and education with them when they immigrate to the United States and being able to communicate this to potential employers is an important part of preparing for a job search.

Diplomas and degrees that immigrants have earned outside of the U.S. should be at hand and it may be a good idea to have these documents certified by an educational equivalency evaluation organization.

Immigrants should also maintain a record of past employment, such as dates of employment, contact information for the companies, duties performed at that particular job and the job title.

Being able to produce letters of recommendation from former employers or teachers will also greatly help immigrants find work.

All of this information should be accumulated and listed in a resume, which potential employees will then provide to employers.

Getting a Job

There are many different resources available to people in the United States for getting a job.

Being able to support oneself and one’s family after immigration is important as the government is reluctant to support new immigrants with social service programs.

Below is a list of some of the more common ways to find a job in the U.S.:

  • Newspaper want ads. In the advertising section of most local newspapers, one can find many local companies looking for workers. Often, these employers have specific instructions for applying for a job.
  • Employment agencies. Some companies will offer to help immigrants find jobs for a nominal finder’s fee.
  • Online job searching. The Internet can be a great resource for finding jobs and there are many different websites dedicated to connecting the right employee to the right job.
  • Networking. Whether online or in real time, networking is one of the most effective ways to get employment. People looking for jobs are much more likely to get employed if they can get someone to speak well of them.

One of the final steps of getting a job is attending an interview. During this step, potential employees and employers will meet to determine if the job is right for them.

The Land of Opportunity

The United States has a very diverse economy and newcomers can find jobs in every sector of the economy.

In the past 50 years, the U.S. has transferred from a more industrial economy to a service based one and it is in this sector that the majority of jobs remain.


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Green Card Lottery Application 2015 /articles/green-card-lottery-2015-application/ /articles/green-card-lottery-2015-application/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:27:25 +0000 The Green Card Lottery 2015 started its registration period at 12pm EST on October 1, 2013 and will continue accepting applications until the same time of day on November 2, 2013.

No applications will be accepted after November 2 for this particular lottery season.

Many potential immigrants are curious about what is required of them on the Green Card Lottery applications.

In fact, there are two important applications involved in the Green Card Lottery. Both require careful scrutiny on the side of the applicant.

The first application is for the entry into the actual lottery. The second application is for an immigration visa after a lottery participant has won the drawing.


The registration application requires that an immigration hopeful send in a variety of information:

  • Personal identification and the identity information of all dependents (this includes one’s spouse and all of one’s children as long as they are unmarried and under the age of 21)
  • Photographs. The photographs that must be included in the application must be digital, adhere to certain specifications set out in the Green Card Lottery instructions and generally resemble passport photographs
  • This step will also involve the immigrant collecting supporting documentation to prepare for an eventual immigration visa application. One must be able to show that one can meet the requirements of the Green Card Lottery

These are the Green Card Lottery requirements:

  • Applicants must be from an eligible country or able to claim a qualified nationality from a spouse or parent
  • They must also have at least a high school education or two years of experience in a profession that required two years of training (in a qualified profession as laid out by the Department of Labor)

Announcement of Winners

After all of the registration applications have been collected, the State Department will select the winners of the Green Card Lottery and announce them on May 1, 2013.

Of the 100,000 winners selected, only 50,000 will be given green cards, the other winners being disqualified through faulty applications.

One can check if one has won by entering the confirmation number they received when the registered into the online status check site at the Department of State’s website.

Application for Visa

The application for an immigration visa will be submitted through one of the U.S. foreign consulates and should contain a significant amount of documentation that supports the information filled into the actual form.

Once the application has been accepted, immigrants are then scheduled for an interview at the consulate. If all goes well, they will be granted an immigration visa to the United States!

Application for Entry into the United States

In effect, all an immigration visa is is a document that allows a person to apply for entry at the United States. It is not a guarantee that the immigrant will be accepted into the country.

If, upon application for entry at a U.S. port of entry, an immigrant is admitted, they will then receive their Green Card in the mail.

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Qualifying Occupations for the Green Card Lottery /articles/qualifying-occupations-for-the-green-card-lottery/ /articles/qualifying-occupations-for-the-green-card-lottery/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:21:47 +0000 One of the most straight forward immigration programs in the United States is the Green Card Lottery. There are only two requirements that must be met in order to enter into the lottery itself.

The first of which examines a person’s country of origin. As the Green Card Lottery is based on increasing diversity in the United States, only countries that do not send very many immigrants to the United States will make it onto the eligible country list.

People who are from an unqualified country are not necessarily unable to enter into the Green Card Lottery, rather, they can claim the country of origin of a parent or even their spouse.

The second requirement is somewhat more difficult to achieve for many people. The education requirement causes a bit of trouble for some, but the fortunate thing is that there are some alternative options.

The Education Requirement

Applicants for the Green Card Lottery are required to have a high school diploma that is equivalent to an education one might receive in the United States.

For many people, it is a difficult task to compare one’s education to that of an American high school graduate.

For those who cannot meet this requirement they may meet this requirement by showing that they have at least two years of experience in a profession that took at least two years to train for.

However, in order for a profession to be accepted by the U.S. State Department and the Green Card Lottery, this profession must meet certain requirements set out by the Department of Labor on O*Net Online.

What is O*Net Online?

O*Net Online is a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor which lists and describes many professions in the United States.

Not all of these listed professions are acceptable for registration in the Green Card Lottery.

The Diversity Visa Lottery requires that applicants using the alternate option to the high school education degree requirement have their profession in either zone  four or five of O*Net Online. Additionally, this profession must also be rated as a seven or higher on the Specific Vocational Preparation Range.

One of the best ways to find out if your profession meets these standards is to simply search for your profession on the database.

What Are Some of the Accepted Occupations?

Here are listed some of the zone four and five professions that may be qualified for entry into the Green Card Lottery. However, one should keep in mind that there needs to be specific job preparation of at least seven or higher in order to qualify.

  • Accountants
  • Civil Engineers
  • Copywriters
  • Financial Analysts
  • Hydrolygists
  • Logistical Engineers
  • Musical Directors
  • Surveyors
  • Video Game Designers
  • Archivists
  • Astronomers
  • Clergymembers
  • Nurses
  • Clinicians
  • Lawyers
  • Librarians
  • Or doctors of many types


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Green Card Lottery 2015 Registration this Week /articles/green-card-lottery-2015-registration-this-week/ /articles/green-card-lottery-2015-registration-this-week/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:51:37 +0000 The Green Card Lottery, a perennially popular immigration program for the United States, begins on Tuesday October 1, 2013 at noon.

Applicants will have about one month (until November 3, 2013) to register for the Green Card Lottery 2015. Late applications are never accepted and all registrations must take place online.

Requirements for Entry

One of the advantages of the Green Card Lottery is its accessibility. There are only two basic requirements for entry into the lottery. The first of which is an education requirement. Then applicants must also be from an accepted country of origin.

Registrants should have at least a high school education or two years of experience in a profession that took two years to train for. The profession must be pre-approved by the Department of Labor.

Residents of the following countries may not claim their home country on their registration application: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Although Northern Ireland is part of the UK and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are all claimed by China, these regions are still accepted by the Green Card Lottery.

The Best Way to Register

Registrants for the Green Card Lottery should be very careful when applying online because they only have one chance to register correctly.

The U.S. State Department will disqualify any attempts to register twice and registrants are not allowed to complete the application in multiple sessions.

Although the application form is not very long, it is important to have all the necessary information at hand when applying. Important documents are diplomas, birth certificates, marriage certificates and passports.

An important part of registering is submitting the appropriate photographs online. The principal applicant needs to include digital photographs of themselves, their spouses (if any) and all of their living, unmarried children under the age of 21.

What to Do After You Register

After completing the online registration, applicants will be given a confirmation number. Applicants should keep this number safe because without it, they will not be able to check their status.

The winners of the Green Card Lottery will be selected and announced on May 1, 2013. Applicants can see if they have won or not on that day with their confirmation number on the State Department’s website.

Winners of the Green Card Lottery are then sent information about how to apply for their immigration visas.

Green Card Lottery 2016?

The 2015 Green Card Lottery may prove to be the very last year for the Green Card Lottery as U.S. congress-people have been discussing doing away with the program in favor of greater border security.

People looking to sign up for the Green Card Lottery should do so as soon as the lottery opens on October 1.


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