The Green Card Lottery is coming soon! The lottery is expected to be conducted sometime in October and could spill into November.
While this may seem to be a while out for some, there is no reason to delay the preparation of your registration. Registration can be quick and easy with our service and if there are any delays you can quickly remedy them before they balloon into serious problems during the registration period.
What is the Green Card Lottery?
The Green Card Lottery, otherwise known as the Diversity Visa Lottery is a yearly immigration program that allows people from all over the world a chance to immigrate to the United States even if they don’t have any family members in the country and they don’t even need to prove they have a job offer.
Approximately 50,000 people win the Green Card Lottery every year and those winners are distributed over every continent and many different countries.
How Does the Green Card Lottery Work?
Registration for the Green Card Lottery occurs in October and November every year. If you register successfully you will be given a confirmation number.
On May 1 of the following year you can log onto the State Department’s website and use your confirmation number to see whether or not you have won the lottery.
If you have won you will receive an application package for a visa to the United States from the Kentucky Consular Center by August of that year.
After you properly apply for a visa you will be interviewed, fingerprinted and admitted into the United States of America.
What are the Requirements?
There are barely any requirements for the Green Card Lottery compared to other visa categories. The Green Card Lottery really only has two conditions that must be met in order to be entered into the lottery itself.
- You must be a national of an approved country.
- You must have either a high school education or two years of experience in a field which required two years of training.
After these requirements are met you can enter into the Green Card Lottery. However, the actual visa application will have its own requirements that must be met. These mostly have to do with criminality.
There are some exceptions to the country rule and there are many other posts on this blog which address these exceptions.
Does the Green Card Lottery have a Future?
Recent talks in the United States Congress have led some to speculate on whether or not the Green Card Lottery has a future.
Although generally supported by liberal representation in the legislature, Democrats may sacrifice the program for the sake of the current undocumented worker issues in the country.
However, this subject is so contentious and the Congress so obstructionist, it is doubtful that it will be able to put together any sort of immigration bill that will eliminate the Green Card Lottery this year.
There will be a Green Card Lottery this year, but the real question is whether or not it will still run in subsequent years.