The winners for the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery will be announced on May 1, 2013.
Applicants who wished to enter this lottery applied during October and early November of 2012. These participants should still have their confirmation numbers in order to check whether or not they have won during the selection process.
Winners of the Green Card Lottery will receive their instructions from the Kentucky Consular Center in the months following the announcement of the winners. It is incredibly important to pay close attention to the details in the application package that the KCC sends the winners because most people are denied green cards through this program because of errors in their applications.
Applicants to the Green Card Lottery program can expect to receive their green card two years from when they register as long as they win the drawing. That is why the DV number for the registration period is two years past the registration year.
Green Cards grant immigrants the right to live, work, study and travel freely throughout the United States. Permanent Residents who hold Green Cards can also retain many of the same rights that a citizen holds. However, after a period of about five years, permanent residents may apply for citizenship as well if they meet certain qualifications.
Immigrants are considered qualified to enter the Green Card Lottery if they are able to meet two requirements:
- Immigrants must have at least a high school education or two years of experience in a job that required two years of training.
- Applicants must also be from one of the qualifying DV program countries.
The list for qualifying countries is released annually around the time that the winners of the previous year’s registration period are announced.