Immigrant Man Wins Lottery

Pedro Quezada won the Powerball jackpot this week at $338 million. He is choosing to accept the lump sum option for the lottery, which will then further reduce the amount of money he has won.

After taxes the lump sum to be deposited into Quezada’s account will be $152 million.

Pedro Quezada has lived in the United States as a permanent resident for approximately 26 years, before that he lived in the Dominican Republic.

Many immigrants come to the United States looking for opportunities to make money and climb the social ladder, but Quezada’s win of the Powerball is a particularly dramatic example of the adage.

When asked what he will do with the money he assured reporters through a translator that he would be helping his family and friends and getting a car as he currently does not have one.

The likelihood of winning the Powerball lottery is extremely low. The statistical chance of winning is about 175 million to one.

Compared to the Green Card Lottery—a United States immigration visa distribution scheme—winning the Powerball is extremely unlikely.

It is unclear how Quezada entered the United States, but he is most assuredly a legal resident of America. Without proof of permanent residency he would not be able to accept the lottery prize.

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Cultural Activities: Evening Entertainment

Getting a job in the United States is a great thing, but it won’t be the entirety of your life. There is time to work during the day, there is time to sleep and then there is the time when you are neither working nor sleeping. This is called leisure time.

Finding out what you want to do during your leisure time is probably not a problem. You know what you enjoy doing and you are entitled to avail yourself to that end freely, but the US is a land of options and there are many ways to spend one’s leisure time that might not be immediately apparent.

Many Americans spend their leisure time engaged in something casually called “evening entertainment” also known as “going to a show”. These shows are often very large social engagements that center on professional entertainers.

There are very many different varieties of evening entertainment like movies, plays, musicals, operas, symphonies, rock concerts, formal dances, sports events and the like.

Before, many of these shows were categorized into high-class or low-class. Certain people were only allowed into certain events and it was considered taboo for those lines to be crossed. Symphonies and operas were “high-class” and rock concerts and dance clubs were considered to be “low class”. But these distinctions are completely useless nowadays and people of all different levels of social strata have access to these events.

You can find out about evening entertainment from many different sources such as local newspapers or televisions stations, flyers or notice boards in public places.

Trying out new forms of entertainment is just another part of exploring the exciting nature of being an immigrant in the United States. There are so many cultural events available that it is only a short matter of time before you find another favorite pastime!

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When Can I apply for the Green Card Lottery?

The Green Card Lottery registration period—the time of year when you can apply for the Green Card Lottery—usually begins in early October and ends in early November. Potential immigrants can apply for the lottery at this time.

However, USAGreenCardLottery.org offers its customers the chance to register at any time of the year. The forms will still be submitted during the registration period, but customers often find that having extra time to fill out the forms during the year helps in their chances of success.

The Green Card Lottery application is completed online (paper applications are no longer accepted) and will ask questions about your identity, your qualifications for entry and for passport-style photographs to be included digitally. All of which are part of USAGreenCardLottery.org’s assistance.

Potential immigrants are considered to be eligible for the Green Card Lottery if they have ties to an eligible country (are from that country or have a spouse or parent from that country) and meet education requirements. Applicants must have either the equivalent of a high school degree or two years of experience in a profession that took two years of training.

The winners of the Green Card Lottery are announced on May 1 of the year following the registration period.

For example: if the registration period was in October of 2011, the winners would be announced  on May 1, 2012.

The official name of the lottery is made up of “DV” meaning “Diversity Visa” and the year that the visas are awarded, two years after the registration period. So the registration period for DV-2014 occurred in October and November of 2012 and the winners will be announced on May 1 of 2013.

In order to check if you won it is incredibly important to retain your confirmation number which you will need to enter into the State Department’s database.

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DV 2013 Winners,What’s Next?

After winning the Green Card Lottery, DV 2013 winners need to get in touch with the Kentucky Consular Center to begin applying for a visa to the United States.

The process of applying for a visa a bit more complicated than the registration period and looks into a variety of relevant immigration issues:

  • Applicant’s current immigration status and potential criminal history.
  • Family members who will and will not be coming with the applicant.
  • Confirmation of education requirement.
  • Confirmation of country-of-origin.
  • Among a variety of other questions that will be asked during the process.

If you live outside of the United States you will need to follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s Diversity Visa website where you have already checked your confirmation number.

However, if you are already in the United States legally you will need to contact the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for further instruction.

Statistics for the DV 2013

  • 12,577,463 applications were registered between October 4 and November 5, 2011.
  • 7,941,400 of the above registered applications were qualified enough to be considered for the lottery.
  • 105,628 of the total qualified registrations were selected in the lottery.
  • Approximately 50,000 of those selected will be able to proceed to applying for a visa.

The State Department selects more winners than they have green cards to issue because of a few different reasons:

  • Not everyone pursues their green card applications after winning.
  • Not everyone is qualified for a green card even though they may be qualified for the lottery registration.
  • Some people are not able to demonstrate that they meet the education requirements sufficiently.
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When Is the Next Green Card Lottery

The Green Card Lottery is a congressionally mandated program that occurs every year.

Potential immigrants are allowed to register for the lottery for one month that normally starts in October and ends in November. The registration period is usually only one month long, so it is important to keep track of the dates of its opening and closing.

USAGreenCardLottery.org offers a service that allows you to fill out the Green Card Lottery application at any time of the year. This service ensures that your application is ready to be filed as soon as the registration period opens.

The opening date of the registration period is normally announced in May, the same month that the winners of the previous year are announced.

2013 is a peculiar year for the Green Card Lottery, though. The popularity of immigration reform as a political topic during the end of the 2012 presidential election and its prevalence in introduced legislation during the beginning of 2013 has presented some concerns about the future of the Green Card Lottery.

STEM

Conservative congress-people looking to implement immigration reform have begun to look towards a new immigration plan nicknamed STEM. This acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are areas of concern throughout the American economy.

These conservative legislators believe that if the United States is to grant more green cards as a matter of immigration reform, they should be granted to people with degrees or qualifications in these four fields of study.

This relates to the Green Card Lottery in that STEM green cards would effectively replace the lottery system. Re-appropriating those green cards to immigrants with lots of credentials, instead of giving them to immigrants with minimal qualifications (but diverse cultural backgrounds) has been a hot topic in January and February of 2013.

This is not to say that they have already decided that the Green Card Lottery will no longer be offered, but it might indicate that the lottery’s years are numbered.

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When Will the Green Card Winners Be Announced?

The Green Card Lottery operates on a schedule that has two important months during the year: May and October.

Most often, October is the month where people looking to file for the Green Card Lottery can file. This is called the registration period and it lasts for about a month and can sometimes spill over into November.

This is the period where the future Green Card winners are put into a pool for selection.

The month where the winners are selected will be May of the year following the registration period. After one checks whether or not they have won the lottery they can begin the application process for a Green Card.

Below is a list of the official names of the Green Card Lotteries throughout the years and the months in which the registration periods and selection dates were.

DV-2013 — Registration period took place in fall of 2011, winners announced in 2012, Green Cards to be distributed in 2013.

DV-2014 — Registration period took place in fall of 2012, winners to be announced in 2013, Green Cards to be distributed in 2014.

DV-2015 — Registration period takes place in fall of 2013, winners to be announced in 2014, Green Cards to be distributed in 2015.

DV-2016 — Registration period takes place in fall of 2014, winners to be announced in 2015, Green Cards to be distributed in 2016.

It is important to note that although the Green Card Lottery has been around for many years now, it may not always be available. There is a great deal of discussion regarding immigration reform in the United States Congress. There has also been talk about ending the Divesity Visa Program.

DV-2015 may very well be the last time that anyone will be able to take advantage of this fantastic immigration program.

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US Diversity Visa Lottery Guide Part Two

This is part two of the US Diversity Visa Lottery guide, published by USAGreenCardLottery.org to further help you in your efforts to become a Permanent Resident in the United States.

In part one, we covered what makes an applicant eligible to register for the Green Card Lottery and how to apply.

The Diversity Visa process takes a minimum of two years and to help you keep track of the timeline, we will refer to the first year (the year you apply for the Green Card Lottery) Year One, and the next year when you apply for the actual green card as Year Two. Year Three is the year when you actually enter the United States!

Green Card Lottery Winners

The United States Congress reserves about 55,000 green cards to be given away in the spring of Year Two of the Green Card Lottery. However, 100,000 “winners” are selected during this period of time because about half of those selected will not be able to get through the adjustment of status process (which will be discussed in a moment).

On May 1 of Year Two applicants of the Green Card Lottery can go onto the State Department’s website and check the status of their application with the confirmation number that they were given at the time of registration. This is why it is very important to keep this number safe, so that applicants can know if they won or not.

Adjustment of Status

After winning the Green Card Lottery it is then time to apply for the actual permanent residency card. This process can take a while and can be quite involved in providing appropriate documentation.

Immigrants who are able to successfully adjust their status to permanent resident of the United States will then be able to live, work, study and travel freely in the United States.

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When will the 2013 Winners be Announced?

Winners of the Green Card Lottery who registered in 2012 will be announced on May 1, 2013.

The 2013 Green Card Lottery had its registration period in Fall of 2011 and had its winners announced on May 1, 2012. However, there was a second announcement of winners again in October of 2012.

When the State Department selects winners of the Green Card Lottery they usually select about 100,000 randomly and out of these winners about 50,000 are given Green Cards after they file their adjustment of Status paperwork.

When applying for the Green Card Lottery it is extremely important to take a screenshot or otherwise save the confirmation number page that is presented at the end of registration. This number is essential in May when applicants wish to check whether or not they have won the lottery.

Each applicant is given only one confirmation number and it cannot be replaced. Attempts to register again to get a new confirmation number or to increase one’s chances of winning the Green Card Lottery will result in the disqualification of both of the applications.

USAGreenCardLottery.org, as a part of its services to customers, retains the confirmation number given to registrants to add a level of safety and security.

Immigrants looking to register for the Green Card Lottery this year will be notified as to when the registration period will begin on May 1, 2013. Generally, the registration period is in the fall, but with USAGreenCardLottery.org you can fill out the forms any time of year to be ready for the brief registration window.

The State Department’s Diversity Visa Program is designed to bring greater diversity to the United States immigration system and is granted by the United States Congress.

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