After your selection to participate in the green card lottery you will have to complete three forms:
- The first is called the Supplemental Registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, or Form DSP-122. This document will ask you for your name, your case number, your address, the consular office where you will be applying, your country of origin and your educational history. The government estimates that it will take 30 minutes to complete this form. The only person who has to fill this form out is you, the green card lottery winner.
- Next you will have to fill out part one of the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, or Form DS-230 part I. This form includes your biographic data, such as your name, your birthday, your nationality, marital status, place of birth and other information related to your familial relations. Each person coming with you will have to fill one of these out. Be sure to sign this document, but do not sign part two yet. The government estimates that it will take about an hour to fill this form out.
- The Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration part two, or Form DS-230 part II, is a sworn statement that confirms that you have not lied on your application and that you do not have any of the conditions that might disqualify you from getting a visa to come into the United States permanently. This part of the application is to be filled out by every person coming with you to the United States and should take about an hour. Do not sign this document until you go to the consulate for your visa interview at which point the consular officer will tell you when to sign.
These three forms should take a total of two and a half hours to complete for one person and an additional two hours for every family member accompanying you to the United States. Qualifying family members are your spouse and your unwed, minor children. Form DS-230 both parts one and two cost $330 each to submit, but do not send the fees with these documents to the Kentucky Consular Center.
After you have completed the required forms be sure to obtain proper photographs of every one in your party (A more detailed description of the photograph requirements is soon to come) and then send the package to the Kentucky Consular Center at the address included in your selection package. Then, you simply wait for an interview to be scheduled.
Be sure to be completely honest on these applications because the United States government is not lenient on people who knowingly try to trick it into giving you a visa. You may end up banned from coming to the United States at all! Honesty, though it may be cliché, is truly the best policy.