*Note that by excluding United Kingdom the following dependent territories are also excluded: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks & Caicos Islands.
To enter the Green Card Lottery program you must have been born in a country with a low immigration rate to the United States. Individuals who were born in the countries listed above are not eligible because the countries already sent a total of 50,000 people to the United States in the previous five years.
Yes, if you were born in one of the non-qualifying countries, you may still be able to participate in the USA Green Card Lottery:
If your spouse (husband or wife) was born in a qualifying country, you can claim your spouse's country of birth.
If both of your parents were born in a qualifying country and did not live (resided) in your country at the time of your birth, you can claim any of your parents' country of birth.
To enter the USA Green Card Lottery Program you must qualify with either the education or the work experience requirement.
1. You must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, which is having completed 12 years of elementary and secondary school.
2. You must have two years of work experience, within the past five years, in a job that required at least two years of training.
Remember that you will not need to submit proof that you satisfy these requirements when submitting your Green Card Lottery entry - however, it will be requested if you are selected as a winner.
Due to new requirements, Green Card Lottery applicants are now required to submit their passport details: passport number, country of issuance and expiration date. Unless stateless or unable to obtain one as a national of a Communist-controlled country.
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