The Green Card Lottery Selection

Recently, there have been a few questions on the blog about when the winners of the Green Card Lottery will be announced. The simple answer to the question is that we don’t quite know yet, but it will be soon.

The Green Card Lottery for this year ended its registration period at the beginning of November and unfortunately you will not be able to apply for the next lottery until October of next year, 2013.  If you sign up with we can help you automatically register for the lottery as soon as the registration period opens.

Currently, the State Department is collecting all of the applications and selecting around 100,000 of them to be selected for the next step in the green card lottery process. After winners have been selected they will have to apply for an adjustment of status to get their green card.

Usually the winners are announced in May of the year following the registration period, typically on the first of May. However, they will sometimes have a second drawing for that year’s applicants in October. Check in with regularly for the latest news on winner selection dates.

In order to find out whether or not you are a winner it is of great importance to retain and keep safe your confirmation number. The confirmation number will appear on your web browser after you have completed the application. Be sure to write it down because there is no way to retrieve it on your own if it gets lost. If you use we will keep your confirmation number safe for you in case you lose it, but it is still very important to have your own copy of the number.

Sign up for the Green Card Lottery today!


Checking Your Green Card Lottery Status

People who applied for the Green Card Lottery in 2011 (also referred to as the DV-2013) can check their status any time on’s website as long as they applied with that service. Applicants may also check their status through the State Department if they have retained their confirmation number.

Green Card Lottery applicants who applied between October 2, 2012 and November 3, 2012 may check the status of their application in May of 2013. The winners of this year’s Green Card Lottery will not be announced until May of 2013.

Retaining one’s confirmation number from when they applied for the Green Card Lottery is of great importance because without that number there is no way to tell whether or not you have won. retains your confirmation number safely so that you can rest easy knowing that you will not lose that number and can always check on your status.’s service, available for a nominal fee, is available for one year or for consecutive years in order to improve one’s chances of winning the Green Card Lottery.

The Green Card Lottery application period for 2012 ended on November 3, 2012 and will not open again until next year. The application period’s opening date will not be available until next Autumn.


Green Card Lottery Is Over!

In exactly one day, the Green Card Lottery will end and all applicants who wish to take advantage of this fantastic program must wait another year to sign up. Don’t be one of them, sign up today with

The Green Card Lottery is a yearly program which is mandated by the United States Congress for the purpose of diversifying immigration numbers. There are over 150 eligible countries and if you were born in one you can get a permanent resident card through the Diversity Visa lottery.

As long as you are from an eligible country and you have at least a high school education or its equivalent* you can apply for the Green Card Lottery and potentially get permanent residency in the United States in two years.

This is an unusually short period of time for getting a green card considering that other categories sometimes take a full year to come to term.

The ineligible countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Mainland China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

These countries are considered ineligible because too many immigrants come from these countries every year and therefore disqualify them for diversity immigration.

Green cards grant the holders the right to live, work and study in the United States for as long as they so desire.

An additional value of having permanent residency is that you can take advantage of all of the rights, privileges and infrastructure in America. The freedom of speech and of the press is one of the most famous and popular.

With permanent residency you can also eventually apply for citizenship which will permanently attach you to the United States and all of the rights that that entails.


The Green Card Lottery for DREAMers

The Green Card Lottery, which ends at noon on November 3, 2012, could be an excellent way to get permanent residency for DREAMers who qualify for Deferred Action.

Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and DREAMer himself, has pointed out recently that many undocumented immigrants within the United States are not necessarily Mexican or even Hispanic, rather, undocumented immigrants come from all over the world.

If you happen to get Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals before you turn 18 you will be protected by a clause in the policy that states that you will not accrue unlawful presence within the United States. This means that you can apply for other immigration benefits without your application being automatically thrown out due to unlawful residency. The Green Card Lottery would then be available for you and you could potentially receive a green card before your Deferred Action expires.

The discussion of the 12 million undocumented immigrants within the United States is a complicated thing and Vargas has been very vocal about the confusion. Many people, in an attempt to understand the matter, oversimplify the issue of unlawful status. Vargas has implied that for opponents of undocumented immigrants it comes down to a matter of race and people who are opposed to these immigrants are nothing more than masked racists. People who are against undocumented immigrants respond by saying that it is not a matter of race, but rather a matter of upholding the rule of law.

But laws are very human things, subject to error and misinterpretation and it is not unreasonable to cast some doubt over a set of sentences, composed many years ago, that might not make sense any longer. The very simple fact is that immigration reform is both needed and imminent and it is imperative for young people interested in their futures to become involved in it today.