To be eligible, an applicant must a native of, or the child of someone born in, a country eligible for the visa lottery. In addition, an applicant must either hold the equivalent of a high school diploma or two years of work experience, within the past five years, in an occupation that requires two years of training or job experience. There is no fee to enter the visa lottery, but if selected, an applicant must pay a fee for an immigration visa and a visa lottery surcharge.
The visa lottery divides the 50,000 visas each year among six geographic regions. Regions with lower rates of immigration receive a greater number of visas. No visas go to citizens of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years. To find the most recent list of excluded nations, due to the number of immigrants sent, contact the U.S. Department of State.
Only one visa lottery entry per person is allowed and must be completed electronically. The entry requires information including name, date of birth, and city or town and county of birth. Gender, mailing address, marital status, and a digital photograph are also required. Also, an applicant must provide the country with eligibility information about his or her spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age. The applicant will receive a confirmation notice once the entry is complete.
A husband and wife can each file separate entries, as long as both meet eligibility requirements. An applicant may be living in the U.S. or another country when entering the visa lottery. More than 50,000 names are selected because not every person selected will be eligible for a visa or follow through on the process. The diversity immigrant program ends for the year once 50,000 visas are issued.
The Green Card gives the holder the legal right to Live, Work, Own a Business and Study anywhere in the United States of America permanently. It gives the right to enter and leave the country freely. You may work in the many public and private sector jobs that are available. Green Card holders also receive health, education and other benefits offered only to permanent residents. They can also sponsor relatives for a green card. The USA Green Card DOES NOT affect present citizenship. A holder of a card may later apply for a United States citizenship and passport, if desired.
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION OF DV LOTTERY PROGRAM (READ IT CAREFULLY)**
What is the processing fee and how can I pay it?
Note it Carefully, that the US Government does not charge an application fee.There are so many spam sites which gives offer for online application and for preparation of application.But most are fake.
How can a married couple increase their chances of being selected
If you are married, you must submit a "family application". To increase your chances, you and your spouse can each file separate applications. On one application, the husband is the primary applicant, and on the other application the wife is the primary applicant. Submitting separate applications doubles your chance of winning the lottery. To file a dual application, both you and your spouse should meet the lottery requirements. You must then file separate applications and pay the processing fee individually.
By applying for the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, will this affect any other visa applications?
Do you need my supporting documents with my Application?
If I am selected in the Green Card Lottery, how long will it take before I can emigrate to the USA?
I'm eligible to apply but I'm currently living in an ineligible country - can I still apply?
For how long is a US Green Card valid?
If I get my US Green Card, may I also get US Citizenship?
How Can I Find Out If I Won?
You can check your status online through the official site.