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Immigration Benefits: Sightseeing!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Green Card Lottery affords 50,000 people to live and work in the United States every year. Not only can these people choose to live wherever they please in the land of the free, but they can also travel freely across state borders. A timeless American tradition is to take sightseeing vacations to some of the better known monuments in the United States. This is only a very abbreviated list and it should not be assumed that these are the only treasures of the United States, in fact, there are hundreds!

The Statue of Liberty

A gift given to the American people by France in the 19th century to celebrate the transition to new, non-monarchical governments, the Statue of Liberty stands in the New York Harbor and was the first thing that immigrants saw when they came to the  United States through Ellis Island for over 100 years. It is because of this close association with immigration to America that the statue has become a symbol of hope and immigrants themselves. You can still visit the statue today where you can climb the stairs and gaze out onto New York through Liberty’s tiara. Though the railing on the torch is now closed due to safety concerns.

The Grand Canyon

A perennial favorite of American tourists is the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Carved over thousands of years by the rushing Colorado River which runs all the way down to the Gulf of California it is in places 18 miles wide and as deep as 6000 feet, or over a mile. Among some of the attractions there are buildings that hang over the edge of the canyon for impressive views, camping sites, and donkey rides all the way down to the Colorado River at the bottom. The Grand Canyon is a place of almost mystical wonderment and deep reflection.

Hoover Dam

Constructed in the Great Depression to employ the unemployed, to sate the thirsty in the desert, and to power the new electrical grid running through the country, it stands as strong and useful today as it did 80 years ago. It is considered one of the seven engineering marvels of the world and to look at it most would agree. It is surrounded by sculptures made in the style of Art Deco. It’s as if the sweeping lines of the sculpture are throwing the world into motion. The Hoover Dam symbolizes the great thing that Americans can achieve when they work together.

Permanent Resident? New York Is the Place to Be!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

With permanent resident status one can literally go anywhere within the United States and when you win a green card through the Green Card Lottery this is especially true. New York is the traditional entry way for immigrants to the United States and the city of New York reflects this with its sheer demographic diversity. However, the city is not the only place to live in New York, New York State is a beautiful and historic place to live. The GE Building

For the entirety of its history New York has been a center of culture, finance, literature and the arts. Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American transcendentalists of the 19th century called New York and the surrounding areas their homes during their lives and the landscapes are preserved within their poetry and prose.

New York was also instrumental in the formation of American politics being the home of Alexander Hamilton and the groups known as the Federalists and the Antifederalists. Because New York State contained both a large urban center as well as vast wildernesses it has traditionally had interesting impacts on social thinking and government. In many ways it has set the scene for many discussions in American spheres of thought.

The city of New York is generally considered the cultural capital of the United States and is home to an enormous artistic community. It is also one of the largest cities in the world. Gigantic skyscrapers reach out from the center of the island of Manhattan and the city continues to stretch far and away even, technically, into the state of New Jersey. Wall Street, the economic hub of the Western world is ensconced in the steel and concrete cliffs of downtown New York. Madison Avenue, the center of the advertising business, is named after a street in Manhattan. Home to huge media companies the New York Times, the worldwide newspaper of record operates here. NBC, founded by Belarusian immigrant David Sarnoff keeps its headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center.

People from New York refer to themselves as New Yorkers and the term comes with a moderate sense of pride and identity. Being a New Yorker informs one’s view of the world in a different way than many other people in the world view it. Oftentimes comedy shows (such as Saturday Night Live, which is aired from NBC’s headquarters in Manhattan) poke fun at New Yorkers as being surly, loud and confrontational. However, this stereotype is only in jest because the camaraderie that was displayed on September 11, 2001, the day of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, showed that New Yorkers possess much greater depth than such paper thin descriptions.

Aside from New York City, which is a truly spectacular sight to behold alone, there are a variety of other attractions in the state of New York. The Adirondack State Park is unique in that it is the largest state park in the United States. There are also a variety of National parks and monuments including the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls, a rather impressive waterfall on the border between New York State and Ontario, Canada.

So be sure to sign up for the Green Card Lottery this month so that you can have the chance to trace the footsteps of other famous immigrants and become a New Yorker yourself!

Dreams Come True with the Green Card Lottery

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

In order to become a citizen of the United States as a foreign national you must first attain permanent resident status. There are a number of methods by which you can get a green card (the document that indicates your permanent residence), but immigrants with few connections in the United States find that the easiest way to get a green card is by the Diversity Visa Lottery. Around 50,000 visas are granted through this program and the only time to enter the lottery is right now between October 2 and November 3 of 2012.

For the entire history of the region known as America people have immigrated in order to live a life more in line with what they find to be true to themselves. Instead of being pressured into some situation which they do not agree with, traditionally religious issues, they came to America to be free from such pressures.

After a while of steady immigration these beliefs began to solidify into the concept of the American Dream. Although this theme can be traced very far back to the original pilgrims, to the late 1800s and on up through the 1950s it has been distinctly linked to immigration in the United States.

Well, what exactly is the American Dream? In recent years modern cynicism has distorted the idea into something impure and oppressive, but the original concept was truly romantic and wholly American. Horatio Alger, a popular paperback writer in the late 1800s penned scores of books that later thinkers eventually saw as tracts on the American Dream. Mr. Alger was not necessarily the best writer and his stories were often formulaic. Generally they began by describing the outright poverty of a young man or boy who had just arrived in the United States, an immigrant. However, as the book progressed, through ingenuity, will and heroic amounts of effort he built his own metaphorical empire through business. He climbed the social ladder and ended up a successful and important man by the end of the book.

This plot, often called a rags-to-riches story, actually mirrors the real stories of some prominent immigrants from the time. The giants of industry in the 19th century, the men who owned the businesses that made the country run and created the American reputation for excellence, often started out poor. They were not handed title, bank accounts or anything for that matter, but they died absurdly rich. This still happens today. Some of the greatest innovators in the world live here in the United States, but were born and raised abroad.

America still holds onto its reputation for being a place where dreams come true. America is a place of freedom and opportunity. America, the land of hope and endurance.

DV-2014: Places You Can Live with a Green card!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Permanent residents of the United States are allowed to travel anywhere they choose within its historic borders and there are a lot of places to choose from! The United States is a vast places characterized not by just one landscape or even a few, but by a veritable plethora of ecologies. Before you win the Green Card Lottery you should put some thought into where you would like to live.

On the west coast there is a great amount of geographic diversity. Most of the actual coast of California is characterized as having a Mediterranean climate meaning that it is very similar to the climate of places like southern Europe on the Mediterranean Sea. The temperature is moderate most of the year and is perfect for going to the beach. Other places in southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah have a desert climate and this is the part of the United States that is home to the Mojave Desert and is where the hottest temperature recorded on Earth was measured.

In the Pacific Northwest the temperature is a bit cooler, but still fairly moderate and is the home of very large and expansive forests. The western portions of Washington and Oregon are known for the large amounts of rain they experience year-round.

The western mountain chains of the United States, the Sierra Nevada and the Rockies, are farther east and are the home to a great variety of beautiful national parks and unique geologic structures. Colorado is known for being the home of the Rocky Mountains and skiing is very popular there.

Moving farther east one begins to move into the Plains states which are the home to seemingly infinite fields called prairies. Often Americans are reminded of the pioneer days of the United States when massive quantities of newly immigrated Americans made their homes here.

The Midwest, located to the south and west of the Great Lakes are extremely fertile lands and are huge agricultural centers, however, they also contain some of the largest cities in the United States such as Chicago, Illinois, and Cleveland, Ohio. The Great Lakes themselves are impressive features and are some of the largest fresh-water lakes in the world. This whole region, the Great Lakes and the Midwest are the result of an ancient glacier coming to rest in this area and melting depositing all of the extremely fertile soil and fresh water.

The Northeast section of the country, termed New England, is a bit cooler, but also the place of incredible displays of nature especially how the leaves change color from green to red in autumn. South of New England are the mid-Atlantic states where some of the largest and most powerful cities in the country and the world are to be found. New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are all here.

South of the Mason-Dixon Line (the historic division between the northern and southern states) and stretching all the way west to Texas is the American South. The home of one of the most distinctive and memorable American accents it is the place of “Southern Hospitality.”

This is really only a paltry representation of the grandeur and beauty of the United States and you should look into these areas through many of the lovely books offered regarding America. Feel free to imagine yourself enjoying the sights with your permanent residence you obtained through the Green Card Lottery!

DV 2012, When Should I Apply?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

From October 2, 2012 to November 3, 2012 registration for the 2014 Diversity Visa program occurs. This means that if you want to apply for the green card lottery this year, 2012, you will be applying for a green card that will be issued in the year 2014. While this may not seem to be instantly gratifying, when put into context of other immigration benefits it is a significantly reduced time frame. Many green card applicants must wait ten years or more to be granted permanent residence! These applicants, while they wait for their visa numbers to come up apply for the green card lottery as well—as long as they are from an eligible country—to potentially cut down on their wait time.

Of course, we are familiar with the benefits of applying for a green card with the green card lottery, but the real question is how one should go about the application, especially if you applied for DV-2013.

Earlier this year, the State Department selected the winners of DV-2013 and began their application processes over the summer. However, as will sometimes happen, it was found that quite a few were ineligible due to poorly filed forms or simply they did not respond to the Department of State because they had lost their confirmation numbers. The government prefers to fill all the available visas for this program, so they’ve decided to have a re-draw on October 22. If you filed for the 2013 Diversity Visa in 2011 you should have kept your confirmation number and on October 22 you should check your application’s status yet again to see if you have won the second drawing.

However, in the unfortunate event that you are not selected, you should immediately file for the 2014 Diversity visa because there will only be 11 days left for you to do this.

Though it does not provide any real benefit to apply earlier than later in the registration period, there is an American adage called Murphy’s Law which states that, “anything that could possibly go wrong, will.” An apropos addition to this statement might be, “…and it will happen at precisely the moment at which the whole effort will be ruined.” What this means is that when you apply earlier than later for the green card lottery, you will have more opportunities to correct some unforeseen problem that has arisen.

If, for example, you decide to apply during the last possible hour of the application period and your computer shuts down, or the State Department’s website is downed for repairs or you have to run out of the house very unexpectedly and you are unable to finish submitting the application, you are, as they say in America, out of luck. You would have to wait for a whole year again. Part of the benefit of using our service is that you reduce the likelihood of Murphy’s Law striking at the exact point where you need everything to work smoothly. Give us a call or send an email to sign up for our service and avoid the frustration of immigration application.

Permanent Resident? Live in Idyllic Louisville, CO!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The Rocky Mountains in Colorado

A fun little problem that you must consider when you arrive in the United States is where you will live in America. You may as well consider what the best possible place is and perhaps move there, but what is the best place in America? Well, all Americans have a place that they call home and you can too when you get permanent residence through the green card lottery. This week we’ve been looking at some very nice cities in the United States, but perhaps you aren’t interested in the hustle and bustle of urban life. Perhaps you feel more at home in a small, rural town. Today, we’ll be looking at the winner of the number one spot of Money magazine’s best small towns, Louisville, Colorado.

Louisville, Colorado—spelled the same as Louisville, Kentucky, but with the ‘s’ pronounced—is located in North central Colorado and is home to only about 18,000 people. For comparison, San Diego is a home to 1.3 million people!

A quaint little mining town, is what most people think when they drive through Louisville, though the actual mining all but dried up in the 1950s its rustic allure is a serious draw. The gold rush and similar mining rushes of the mid to late-1800s have come to symbolize the rugged practicality, the adventurous desire and far reaching imagination of the American spirit.

It is a generally held American belief that the best place to raise children is in smaller sized towns, but, paradoxically, most people still want to live and work in the larger sized cities. That is probably why Louisville, Colorado, is considered to be such a preferable place to live. It is a small town, with a good school district, close to nature in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with a temperate climate. These qualities make it ideal for raising children. However, you also have very easy access to the city scene as well. Downtown Denver is only a 25 minute drive away from Louisville. This effectively makes idyllic little Louisville a suburb. Many other large cities may take an hour or more to cross, but in Louisville it doesn’t even take a half an hour to reach the quintessential mountain town.

The green card lottery is not tied to certain restrictions like other green cards are. You don’t need an employer to immigrate necessarily and you don’t have to stay with family in just one city. In fact, the greatest benefit of the green card lottery is the sheer freedom that you are granted. You can go literally anywhere you want in the country.

Colorado is also rather centralized in the United States. Colorado, and particularly Denver, is very well situated for sightseeing in the American West. To the southwest the Grand Canyon yawns, while almost directly south, Santa Fe, one of the oldest places in North America (established in 1607), contentedly bathes in the artistic talents of its residents. To the west is the internationally renowned Yosemite National Park and to the north is Yellowstone. There are so many things to see in America that it’s a good thing that permanent resident status doesn’t expire and you can spend your whole life seeing the country!

Permanent Resident? San Diego Is a Great Opportunity!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

If you win the green card lottery you will then be able to apply for permanent resident status. What this means is that you can live anywhere in the United States. This is a wonderful opportunity because there are so many beautiful and enjoyable places to live in America. This creates a problem, however. If there are so many great places to live, how can you possibly choose? You should take some time to do some research on what place is best for you, but we’d also like to suggest some places that rank rather well on “best places to live” lists. San Diego, California

Located on the Southern coast of California, nestled within rippling arroyos and canyons, beautiful San Diego eases its way onto the top of our list of best places to live. This city’s numerous beaches and extremely mild and stable climate makes it a lovely place to live and work in the United States.

Probably the largest part of the San Diego economy comes from the United States military. San Diego is a huge naval port and is also home to many different military contractors who work on the gigantic ships anchored at that port. For a new permanent resident in America, San Diego is a wonderful opportunity because you have the chance to enlist in the Navy and work at one of the largest ship-yards in the world. Talk about excitement! And, one of the best things about the United States military, regardless of the branch, is that while you are enlisted you are learning skills that can be useful outside of the military as well. This means that when you are done with your service you’ll be better prepared to get a high-quality, high-paying job.

Not all of the attractions of San Diego are practical, however. Some are just plain fun. Take for example the multitude of beautiful beaches in San Diego. Most are free to visit and are kept clean by city ordinances that fine people for littering or having campfires there. The little towns that cluster upon the natural, permanent sandbars along the coast of San Diego offer a variety of restaurants, bars, amusement parks and nightlife.

California itself is also worth a look. It is one of the largest states in the Union in both population and size. For a short period of time in the 1800s it was an independent country called the Republic of California and Americans will sometimes warmly tease that, yes, it might as well be its own country. This is because of its size, large economy, diverse ecology and relative autonomy in the way of general culture. California is the home of Hollywood, of the Mojave Desert, of Silicon Valley and San Francisco. California is so full of fascinating locales and people that it would be impossible to name them all.

If you do choose to move to California you can take the internationally famous Pacific Coast Highway to almost every spot on the California coast. Life is an adventure, start yours by signing up for the green card lottery today!

Permanent Resident? Consider Moving to Raleigh, North Carolina!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Immigrants who win the Green Card Lottery are effectively given free choice to go wherever they want in the United States. It is a basic benefit of living in America that residents may move freely throughout the states without the need for travel visas. In fact, the practice of obtaining a visa for travel within a country would seem so strange to most Americans that suggesting that one might need a travel visa to cross a state border would seem unreasonable and silly.Raleigh, North Carolina Skyline

So when you come to the United States where will you go? This series of Articles brought to you by USAGreenCardLottery.org features some of the most popular and well-regarded places in the United States. Today we’ll take a look at the East coast.

Raleigh (pronounced Rah-Lee) is the capital of North Carolina and located in the Eastern-central part of the state. Raleigh is actually a part of a conglomeration of many other cities and towns. Often it is referred to as Raleigh-Durham on interstate maps and is considered a part of the emerging Piedmont Atlantic mega region, a large population center in the United States.

Raleigh is at the center of three major universities in North Carolina. The University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill compose the Research Triangle Park which since 1959 has contributed significantly to the growth of the cities as well as to post graduate research.

Raleigh is rare in that it was created for the sole purpose of being a U.S. capital and that before its creation, there was no community in its current location. In the Revolutionary war the British laid siege on the original, coastal, capital of North Carolina creating the need for a center of the colony’s (and later the state’s) government. A more inland region of the state was chosen. Evidence of this original and deliberate planning can be seen in the grid-like pattern of streets in downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh lies just near the meeting of the coastal plain and the Appalachians, the major mountain range on the East coast. It is a beautiful and verdant land. Nearby, only a few hours away, are the Outer Banks and the Atlantic Ocean. The Outer Banks is a permanent sandbar that separates several estuaries from the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular tourist destination. The first self-propelled airplane flight, by Orville and Wilbur Wright, took place at Kitty Hawk in the Outer Banks. The climate of the area is fairly mild especially the winters. Summer months can get a bit hot, but then again, that’s why beaches are only a few hours away.

It is to be expected that the state government is to be the primary employer in a state capital and Raleigh is no exception. The organizations that hire the most people in the city are the state, county and city government in addition to the universities and the public school district. The large concentration of universities in the area promotes large amounts of technological research and generates a considerable level of renown.

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Raleigh the number one best city to live in the United States. The reasons they list it are for its thriving culture and intellectual power both of which are informed by the very large universities nearby. Nightlife and weekend events are also thriving points of interest in this beautiful East coast capital.

Got Permanent Residence? Choose Honolulu!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Winning the Green Card Lottery is one thing, but choosing where to live in the massive and beautiful landscape that is America is an entirely different issue! We’ll be publishing regular articles this month about some of the best places to live in the United States. Don’t have permanent residence? Find out how to get a green card here!

Honolulu and Waikiki Beach

Hawaii has a reputation for being a tropical paradise all its own. A place where folks all over the United States and the Pacific rim travel to escape the ennui of their lives and recharge on vacation. Honolulu is a huge tourist destination, but it also ranks very high on lists for the best places to live in America.

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and is the home to the majority of the population of that state. Part of an island chain formed by volcanic activity in the middle of the Pacific Ocean the climate is warm and pleasant year-round.

Honolulu is a beautiful city and its skyline, one of the most striking in the United States, viewed from Diamond Head (a volcanic crater on the island) is a truly impressive sight.

Attractions accessible in Honolulu are vast. The geographic features of this archipelago located in the center of the Ring-of-Fire are endlessly fascinating and wonderful and active volcanoes continue to bubble and froth molten rock on many of the Hawaiian Islands. The island of Oahu, the island that Honolulu is located upon, is home to many beautiful beaches and bays. Many people like to spend their days in the crystal clear water of the beaches surfing on some of the largest waves that the world can offer. Surfing is an activity where a person stands up upon a board which is propelled and stabilized by a wave creating the effect of being able to glide upon water.

An important cultural center for the Pacific region, Honolulu is home to a multitude of museums, theaters and arenas. It is also known for being a popular location for filming movies and television shows such as Lost and Waterworld.

Honolulu is also known for a variety of famous people who called its shores their home. President Barack Obama was born and raised there and is the first president from Hawaii. Nicole Kidman, an actress known for her excellent roles in film, was also born there. Lois Lowrey, the author of the famed, but controversial children’s novel, The Giver, is from Honolulu. Even Robert Louis Stephenson, the author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde called the South shore of Oahu his home at one point.

Of all the places in the United States to visit, Honolulu is probably the most envious. Many Americans view Hawaii to be only a place to visit on a short vacation and to live there year round to be a special kind of paradise. Bloomberg Businessweek, a news magazine, ranks Honolulu third on its list of 50 best cities in which to live.

How Do I Get a Green Card?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

You have already figured out that what you need is a green card. You have taken a look at all of the benefits permanent residency implies—the ability to move about the United States freely, the ability to work legally—and you are completely set upon getting your green card and taking up permanent residence in the United States.

However, the problem is that you aren’t sure where to start. How does one go about getting a green card? The process behind gaining permanent residence in the United States is one of constant debate within the bureaucracy of the United States government which in turn tends to confuse the process for those potential applicants who would like to start living in the United States as soon as they can.

Many people opt to immigrate into America either on family-based or employment-based green cards. The trouble with these is that there are many different requirements that must be met in order to simply qualify for this variety of visa. This does not even mention the sometimes unfortunately long wait periods that applicants must endure to gain permanent resident status. For some unfortunate souls they will have to wait nearly a decade before they will even be called in for an interview!

There is, however, a much easier and convenient way to get a green card that is available every year and if you’re quick about it you have a chance to win your green card. The program is generally called the Green Card Lottery, or the Diversity Visa lottery by its administrator, the State Department, and it awards around 50,000 permanent resident visas to immigrants yearly. The eligibility requirements, although strict, are relatively light compared to the other classes of green card eligibility. Most people who win the Green Card Lottery enter the United States and begin their new lives two years after their original application (The government, you see, needs some time to interview you and ensure that you are eligible to get a green card.) though this is a much shorter period of time than for the other green card eligibility categories.

It is important to note that the program is a lottery, a game of chance, where applicants should be aware that not everyone who wins the lottery will gain permanent residency, rather, winners are then allowed to be considered for a green card.

Application for the Green Card Lottery can be exceedingly easy when you use USAGreenCardLottery.org’s application service. We guarantee that your application will be submitted completely and properly. The most important step in winning the Green Card Lottery is to make sure your application isn’t rejected simply because of an error on your paperwork.

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