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Green Card Lottery Begins Soon!

The Green Card Lottery, the annual congressionally-mandated immigration diversity initiative, begins its registration period on October 2, 2012 at noon Eastern Daylight Time. This particular type of visa is unusual in that it has relatively few requirements for entry. Also, the period of time it takes for the visa to be granted is shortened significantly. It only takes two years to be granted a green card lottery visa instead of up to 14 years for some other green card paths.

The state department has yet to fill the green card quota from last year, so there will be a re-drawing to find new winners on October 22, 2012.

Arizona Politicians Attempt to Appeal Additional Provisions

Arizona politicians—particularly Arizona Governor Jan Brewer—are attempting to appeal certain provisions of Senate Bill 1070 which was all but entirely struck down by the United States Supreme Court. The only provision of that bill was what is now being called the “Show Me Your Papers” provision which requires Arizona police to check the immigration status of people they pull over if they suspect them to be illegally in the country. Jan Brewer currently supports a related provision that would make it a crime to harbor undocumented immigrants. Arizona is the center of the immigration debate in the United States and the home of some of the country’s strictest immigration laws.

Deferred Action Continues: New USCIS Website

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, President Obama’s effort at enacting immigration reforms during his term, has been accepting applications since mid-August, granted the first deferrals about two weeks ago and have re-designed their DACA website. Generally regarded as being either a noble experiment or a superficial election ploy depending upon which side of the aisle one is on, DACA attempts to de-criminalize undocumented immigrants who did not intentionally break the law when they entered the country as children. The new page on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website offers a variety of useful information for potential applicants and an instructional video.


Green Card Winners 2013 Re-Draw!

Attention: This is an incredibly important announcement for green card lottery applicants who filed in 2011. The required number of issued visas for DV-2013 has not been met and there will be a re-drawing of confirmation numbers on October 22, 2012 at noon Eastern Daylight Time. This means that all applicants whose numbers were not drawn during May of 2012 have a second chance to win the green card lottery.

This is precisely the reason why it is so important to keep your confirmation number in a safe place or entrust it to an organization that will keep it safe and secure like

Applicants who have kept their confirmation numbers up to this point may check their status yet again on the 22nd of October to see if they have won. While this is a rare occurrence it does happen because the United States government already has a certain number of visas allotted for the purpose of diversity immigration and do not wish to see them go to waste. While most applicants are selected on the first of May the following year of their application, there is sometimes a second drawing in autumn.

Green card lottery applicants are randomly selected based on certain calculations in order to give certain nationalities a fair chance to enter the United States without insurmountable competition from other, larger countries. Once a winner has been selected they then have to go through the usual green card application process either through a consulate or as an adjustment of status process.

It is during the green card application process that many of the winners of the lottery are disqualified for one reason or another. This is why it is very important to pay particular attention to the proper completion of the applications and the supporting documentation.

After you have submitted your application to be entered into the drawing you will be presented with a screen that shows a confirmation number. If this number is lost there is no way to replace unless you use a service like


Green Cards Are the Key to Education Benefits

CIEMAS at Duke UniversityThere are many great benefits that go along with permanent resident status. The ability to live and work in the United States is taken for granted, but indeed those are excellent reasons to seek out a green card.

Winners of the green card lottery are not necessarily tied to a particular location in the United States. People who get employment based green cards must go where their sponsor is. Family based green card holders must go where their family is, at least for a time. But green card lottery winners are free to go wherever they choose. So how does a person choose where to go?

Well, of course one of the main considerations someone must make is based on the availability of jobs. The second being cost of living because there’s no use in having a job if one can barely afford to live while working it. And here is where many people stop. Yes, this fulfills the basic human needs, but people do not enter the United States to simply survive, no, they come here to seek a better life.

In the United States, as well as many other Western countries, a great value is placed on education. Horace Mann, an American educator, said, “Education…is the great equalizer of the conditions of men.” What Mann means by this is that education can raise your status in all kinds of ways. Through education a person has greater access to careers they find rewarding, higher pay and a greater sense of satisfaction all around.

Permanent residents of the United States have access to apply for any college they so choose and they might even be able to get scholarship funding and loans. The next big problem is which of the many schools should one attend? Raleigh, North Carolina, the subject of a recent article at, is the home to a multitude of universities, colleges and seminaries and is doubly useful because of the supporting research community surrounding it. One could potentially go to school in Raleigh and simply slide into a job in the same city when one’s coursework is completed.


Immigration Nation: Hawaiian Cultural Landscape

A surfer rides the wavesGetting your green card is simply the first step on your way to becoming an American. Moving into the country, becoming familiar with its cultural landscape can be fun and exciting. Hawaii, the most recently enjoined state and the only state that is entirely islands, is a particularly beautiful place. The capital, Honolulu, is the subject of one of our recent articles.

The culture of Hawaii can be looked at as being an amalgam of Eastern and Western cultures and exemplifies the “melting pot” concept quite well. The melting pot is a kind of cultural acceptance where people of a variety of backgrounds assimilate, or melt, into the greater whole, making it just that much more complete. This is a traditional way of American thinking that goes back to the 19th century.

The demography of Hawaii is amazingly diverse. In addition to native Hawaiians there are people of Japanese, Chinese, Philippine, Hispanic, German, Irish, English and Korean backgrounds. This wide range of ancestries has a very visible impact on all parts of Hawaiian culture. A popular dish in Hawaiian cuisine, Spam musubi—a slice of spam wrapped in seaweed with rice—is an interesting combination of American and Japanese cuisine. Though the islands maintain much older Hawaiian culture, things such as the Luau are now more like informal event instead of a ritual or ceremony.

Hawaiian culture is informed by Polynesian culture in general. The popular sport of surfing is descended from a Polynesian sporting tradition that was observed by the first European explorers of the area hundreds of years ago. Although, surfers today use much shorter boards! Folklore is also retained in Hawaiian culture and it is considered taboo to remove black sand or volcanic rocks from the beaches of Hawaii since it offends the deities of the island.

Whether you decide to live or only to visit Hawaii its beauty and cultural diversity are an excellent example of what the United States strives toward. Aloha!


Green Card Lottery 2014 Begins in a Week!

The Green Card Lottery for the year 2014 is to begin in a little over a week. Do not be confused by the name of the program. The reason why it is either called the 2014 Green Card Lottery or the DV-2014 is because it takes approximately two years to organize all of the paperwork and actually issue the green card to winners of the lottery. So to win a green card in 2014 you will need to apply between noon on October 2 and noon on November 3 of this year, 2012.

Though it may seem to be inconvenient to wait for two years to actually get a green card, the honest truth of the program is that it’s one of the fastest around. Many green card applicants who apply through family members or through jobs may have to wait many more years. Sometimes they will have to wait a decade for a visa number to come up for them.

The registration process is what will begin in a little over a week. After organizing the hundreds of thousands of applications from immigrants all over the world the State Department will select approximately 100,000 of these applicants to continue in the process. Winners are selected based upon immigration statistics over the past five years. Countries that send large amounts of immigrants to the United States will be barred and will have to apply for a green card through another category.

Winners are usually selected on the first day of May the year following the registration period, so May 1, 2013. However, if among the first 100,000 selected less than 50,000 are eligible for a green card, there will be a re-drawing later in the year. This is why it is especially important to retain all information pertaining to your green card lottery application.

Submitting more than one application will not help your chances of winning the green card lottery, in fact, it will get you disqualified. The only way to improve the probability of your acceptance is by filing it correctly. is prepared and standing by to help you file properly and win a United States green card!


Free E-Book Promotion Last Chance!

This is your final reminder to get your friends to like our page. You know our Facebook page, right? It’s the one that helps you get permanent resident status and brings you closer to a wide community of people who have similar interests! Hint, hint. If you’re checking us out on Facebook, it’s likely that you already know some people who would be interested in us as well. So if you could we’d like you to find some of these folks and let them know about our helpful service!

Midnight of tonight, Friday September 21st, is your last chance to send us a list of friends who have liked our page. If you send in the list before midnight we’ll send you our nifty and useful e-book all about how to get a green card. This promotion was never meant to last long and we’re just about to wrap it up!

The green card, also known as a permanent resident card, is an immigration document that states that you are allowed to live and work in the United States legally. Aside from citizenship this is the only benefit that allows you to do this permanently.

You only need to get five of your friends to like our page, send us a list of these friends through Facebook and then we will send you a free e-book which will teach you everything you need to know about getting a green card.

Facebook is an excellent website that helps people with shared interests join a community where they can discuss the topics that are of greatest importance to them. You are not alone in your quest to find gainful employment and permanent residency in the United States. There are other people with these same goals and you have the opportunity to speak with them and learn with them. Let our Facebook page be the hub of this community and better serve you!


Just a Reminder About Our Facebook Promotion!

So this is just a little reminder about our Facebook promotion. Remember I told you about this yesterday. If you didn’t see it just scroll down on the blog page until you find it, read it, then return here to be reminded yet again!

For summary, we’re giving away free copies of our e-book on how to get a green card when you get five of your friends to like us on Facebook. Now the operative word of the previous sentence is important here: free.

I am sure that you can find something else to spend the cost of the e-book on, 30 bucks,  during the course of the day. So we’ve put together this promotion so you don’t have to pay one red cent to learn everything you need to know about getting a green card in the United States. What can we say? We’re generous sorts.

So here’s how this works. Through coercion, favor redemption, or actual friendship get five of your Facebook friends to click the little thumbs-up icon on our Facebook page. Tattoo into your arm, carve into a wall, arrange in subatomic particles on a plate of Silicon, or simply write the list of friends down. Then, on Friday, September 21, send the list to us through Facebook and we’ll send you your free e-book. Choose for yourself how easy or difficult you’d like to make this on yourself and we’ll see you on Friday!


Green Card E-book Promotion on Facebook!

Win Free Stuff!

Yes, you read correctly, you have the opportunity to win a free e-book from this Friday if you get five friends to like us on Facebook! And who wouldn’t jump at the chance to get some free information. Granted it’s not as fun as free donuts or free pony rides, but information expands your mind and will surely make you a smarter, more competent and knowledgeable person. You’ll have instant access to all sorts of useful facts on how to get a green card in the United States. Imagine: you’re sitting at lunch with some friends and your pal, Hu, begins to complain that he’ll never understand how the green card system works, it’s just too hard. But never fear, Hu, you’re here and you know exactly how green cards work because you’ve read’s nifty and easy to understand e-book! You’ll be a national hero, a god among men or an immigration rock-star! Well, maybe you won’t be on that level of fame, but you certainly will have great resources to help yourself and your friends.

How it works is that in the days leading up to Friday September 21, 2012 we’re asking you to get your friends to like us on Facebook, five of them to be exact. On Friday when you have those five friends just message us their names so we can check and we’ll send you your free e-book. It really is that easy. Personally I’m a bit blown away. I spent a good amount of time writing that e-book and now we’re just giving it away for free? Then again, I’m no J.K. Rowling, I write to inform future immigrants about the best ways to immigrate and get green cards, not accumulate obscene scads of cash. I’m here to help you and I’m sure that this e-book will certainly help you in your efforts to gain permanent residency in the United States. The knowledge that you will be living and working comfortably in America is reward enough for me!


Instructions for the DV-2014 Are Available!

The new instructions for the 2014 green card lottery are now available in time for you to apply in October. While the instructions for the green card lottery do not change very much from year to year there are still some very important changes that you should be aware of when applying.

In order to ensure that your application is filed correctly and that you have the best chance of winning the lottery and attaining permanent resident status in the United States you may need some help. can help you file and we guarantee that your application will not be rejected because of filing errors.

Countries that are now ineligible for the green card lottery are Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and its territories, and Vietnam.

Though China and the United Kingdom are not eligible Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Northern Ireland remain eligible for the green card lottery. Guatemala, a country that was ineligible in the DV-2013, is now eligible for diversity visas.

Just because you were born in one of these countries does not mean that you are necessarily ineligible for the green card lottery. If you apply for our service we can help you figure out other ways to apply for permanent resident status.

Immigrants may apply for the green card lottery as of 12 pm EST on October 2, 2012. The application period will end at 12 pm EST on November 3, 2012. You will only be able to apply for the green card lottery online as the State Department no longer accepts paper applications. Remember that you can only apply once for the DV-2014 and if you send more than one application they will all be rejected.

It is very important to keep the confirmation number that appears in your browser after you successfully apply for the green card lottery. Without this number you won’t be able to check whether or not you won when the Department of State posts the results on May 1, 2013.

Be sure to come back to this blog for more information on the 2014 green card lottery. We will be posting more blogs about this upcoming event in preparation of you application.