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Get Ready for Green Card Lottery

Time Is of the Essence

The next Green Card Lottery registration period is only a few months away and as anyone who has applied for the lottery before knows: time is of the essence.

Registration is, of course, the first step on the path to United States Permanent Residency.

Planning and scheduling the right time to file and follow up on your application is extremely important. Start organizing your application now and reduce the stress of the process next year.

Preparing Documents

There are very few documents required when you register for the Green Card Lottery, but if you are selected you will have to produce an amount of paperwork.

Start preparing your paperwork early so that you can be sure to have all of the required documents by the time you are able to apply for a visa.

Here are some examples:

  • Passport style photographs. You may want a professional to take these photographs for you to make sure that they are satisfactory.
  • A current passport.
  • Your birth certificate to show that you are from an accepted country in the program. Copies of your parents’ or spouse’s birth certificates may be necessary if you are applying under their nationality.
  • School records to prove that you meet the education requirement.
  • Other personal identification, such as official local driver’s license.

Further Planning

You may or may not be able to foresee any moves you may make in the two years following your registration for the Green Card Lottery, but it remains important that you keep the State Department updated on your address.

This is mostly important during the visa application period.

If you can plan out your changes of address you can help the State Department find you easier to give you important information.

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Green Card Lottery Cut Off Numbers on DOS Visa Bulletin

The Green Card Lottery cut off numbers on the DOS Visa Bulletin are effectively the upper limits for how many visas will be granted to a particular region.

The 50,000 visas available through the Green Card Lottery program are given to qualified winners of the lottery and those numbers are further distributed evenly among continents and countries. No one country receives more than 7% of the total number of visas assigned.

An applicant first becomes aware of their right to apply for a visa through this program in the spring following their application period. They then have approximately one year to apply for and receive that visa.

Typically, the name for a particular lottery is the letters “DV” followed by four numbers. The four numbers are the year in which the visa cut off occurs.

The registration period and the cut off are two years apart. The upcoming cut off is for DV-2013, so that means that applicants who registered for the Green Card Lottery in 2011 cannot apply for or receive a visa after September 30, 2013 [According to the August 2013 Department of State Visa Bulletin].

Within the Visa Bulletin, in parts B and C, are tables which represent which regions have already met their cut off.

To read the table in part B simply find the continent in which your country of origin resides and look at the second column. If there is a number there you still have time to apply for a visa. If that column says “CURRENT” there will be no more visas granted to that area for this Diversity Visa year.

The third column lists countries that have already met their 7% total limitation.

Keep in mind that at the end of September 2013, you will no longer be able to apply for a visa through DV-2013.

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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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Christmas! An American Tradition!

Folks who applied for the Green Card Lottery in October and are hoping for a Christmas visa, will unfortunately have to wait until May for their confirmation number to be announced. It has been said, though, and no truer than now, that it’s better late than never.

Christmas is an American tradition that can be traced back to immigrants from Europe over the course of the continent’s history. Though Christmas is technically a Christian holiday, it can be traced back to pre-Christian European celebrations and traditions. These celebrations normally addressed the meteorological event of the end of darkening hours during the days and the increase of light in anticipation of spring, a very welcome thing for ancient peoples, indeed!

These traditions were so strongly engraved into European peoples that when Christianity began to become popular over a millennium ago, the religion simply began to adapt the customs.

Over the years many generations have added to the folklore involved in the holiday and have added a great wealth of symbolism to it. Christmas is a time of peace, it is an occasion for showing love to the people one cares about, and it is a time for people—and especially children—to appreciate the wonderment of the season.

Since these ideas don’t necessitate a strictly religious background, Christmas has become a secular holiday as well as a religious holiday. It is a national holiday and therefore many people are given a day off from work to go home and be with their families.

Some of the traditions involved in the holiday season that you might want to participate in as a new resident of the United States might be gift giving, decorating a Christmas tree in your home, cooking a Christmas feast or volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.

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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.

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Green Card Lottery Closes in Three Days

At noon on November 3 of 2012, the Green Card Lottery will end its registration period for the DV-2014. This means that these last few days are your last chance to sign up for the easiest and most accessible path to permanent residency, if you don’t sign up in the next three days you will have to wait until next year to apply again.

The Green Card Lottery is particularly easy because of its few requirements for entry. Only two requirements must be met: an educational minimum and an eligible country of chargeability. If these requirements are met and the paperwork is filled out properly you will be entered into the Green Card Lottery.

The drawing, which will occur in May of 2013, will select 100,000 lucky winners from the pool of applicants. The next step in the process is for the winner to apply for the green card through the USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is administered by the Department of Homeland Security). This is often when applicants have difficulty because they do not apply properly or have some other issue with their application that prevents them from being approved. Sometimes a second drawing occurs in the fall of the year following the registration period to fill up the remaining 50,000 green cards allotted to the program.

USAGreenCardLottery.org provides a service that ensures that your application is complete and accurate so you can be assured that your application will enter the Green Card Lottery. We pay attention to details for a nominal fee because not everyone has the time to know everything there is to know about the Green Card Lottery program.

Live, work and study in the United States legally and don’t miss out on your last chance to enter the Green Card Lottery and enter with USAGreenCardLottery.org today.

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Green Card Lottery: File Right!

The Green Card Lottery’s registration period has less than two weeks to go before it closes and potential immigrants to the United States must wait until next year to participate in this program. In order to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity at immigrating to the United States applicants must file for entry into the Lottery before noon on November 3, 2012.

The Green Card Lottery is an annually mandated program under the authority of the United States Congress, but administered by the State Department. How it works is that people enter the lottery in the fall (this period lasts about a month) and then the government looks at the applications to see if they all qualify for entry (not all applications are filled out correctly). Then in the spring, normally around May the government draws the numbers for the lottery and announces approximately 100,000 winners of the lottery. Not all of these people will win either. The next step is the application for the green card. About half of the green card lottery winners will qualify for a green card. However, once you have a green card you can enter the country to live work and study at any time.

Many people who apply for the Green Card Lottery make mistakes when they file their applications. They may miss the deadline, fill out the form incorrectly, lose their confirmation number or simply forget about one of the steps, however, with USAGreenCardLottery.org, you can rest assured that your application will be filed correctly, you will be entered for the Green Card Lottery and you have the absolute best chance at winning the drawing. We are able to do this through our experienced customer service teams who will help you through the application process.

Though we are not associated with the government in any way, our experience in dealing with the Green Card Lottery does not detract from our expertise on the subject. Apply for the Green Card Lottery today!

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Immigration news

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.

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DACA Applications Accepted!

The first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications have been accepted by the USCIS today. This means that certain eligible, young, undocumented immigrants will be relieved of the possibility of their removal from the country that they have come to call home and they will now be able to apply for work authorization. The process for acceptance has not yet come to an end but the ball is rolling. The next step for these immigrants in the process is to attend an interview with the USCIS where their fingerprints will be taken and a background check will be conducted to ensure that they are entirely eligible for the DACA benefits.

One of the most interesting things about the DACA program is how it will halt the accumulation of illegal presence. While these immigrants are still here illegally and the program does not actually grant any sort of legal status upon them they aren’t necessarily here illegally either. As long as an applicant has not begun to accrue illegal presence they may still be eligible for immigration benefits, especially the green card lottery. Immigrants do not collect unlawful presence until they turn 18 years old so if they are granted deferred action under DACA before their 18th birthday they may be able to apply for other immigration benefits as well as work in the United States.

Each of these applications are independently examined and reviewed by USCIS staff and because of the attention to detail the estimated wait time for these applications is somewhere in the four to six month range.

Immigration is a highly politicized topic in the United States and has become an important issue in the upcoming presidential election. Conservatives criticize the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for either being amnesty, an election ploy or a circumvention of the lawmaking process in America. However, it has been no secret that the Obama administration has wanted to implement some sort of relief for illegal immigrants in the United States since the beginning of the term, the order violates no laws and does not confer legal status.

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U.S. Ceases Removal Flights to Mexico

For quite a while, Mexican immigrants who were being deported back to Mexico were put onto a jet, chartered by the United States government, and flown back to central Mexico. The cost of these flights was paid for in full with no cost to the immigrants who flew on them. The reasoning being that by flying the immigrants back, a thousand miles away from the border, it would be less likely for them to turn around and simply cross it once again in the extreme heat of the Sonora desert a dangerous and potentially lethal endeavor.

Immigration is easy with the Green Card Lottery!

However, the United States has completely ceased these plane trips in favor of the older procedure of busing immigrants back over the border. The primary reason for why they have halted the flights is because of the exorbitant cost. There has been talk about resuming the flights in a restructured manner that would reduce the total costs of the flights. Though they may run year-round in the new plan instead of just during the particularly hot summer months, the flights would have mixed passenger manifests including criminals alongside non-criminal families. The Mexican government is strongly opposed to this proposal of mixed flights, however, the prospect of a long bus ride through the desert is an unpleasant thought for some and some immigrants have indicated that they would not mind being transported alongside criminals provided there is security.

What used to be called deportation is now called removal. Really what removal means is that an immigrant is asked or told to leave the country because they are currently in the United States illegally. A person is considered to be in removal proceedings when they have been served a Notice to Appear which is basically a command to appear in immigration court. This notice can be served to immigrants who are already in custody in the United States or to non-criminal, but out of status immigrants. Upon the court date people are compelled to present their case and if they are ordered removed by the court they will be taken by ICE to the country of their origin.

Over the course of seven years the flights cost taxpayers $100 million dollars. This creates a very interesting paradox. Many citizens demand that illegal immigrants be deported immediately so that they do not deplete public welfare benefits and waste tax revenue on non-citizens, but there is a very significant amount of money being spent shipping these very people—who could be paying taxes—out  of the country!

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