- Green Card Lottery Application
- Steps to Register in the Green Card Lottery
- About your photo to upload
- All is in your hands
Each year since 1996 the United States Government provides a special visa type program named Diversity Green Card Lottery. People all around the world can participate it and have a chance to win the green card just by filling an online application form for it. It is not too difficult to join but if you decide to do it the luck can be on your side.
Like many other visa type procedures you will need to fill the special registration form which is only only and there is no a PDF version for the lottery application. Basic information will be needed there from you as a questionnaire of green card lottery applicant.
Application is a specific document form which need to be filled with official data of each person who take a chance to win a lottery card. Very important to be prepared to know all the information about you as an applicant to enroll the system requirements.
It would be very helpful for you to prepare previously your passport, your diploma (if you have it) or a high school certificate, marriage certificate or a certificate of your birth. All the data from it may help you in future when you will be registering in the electronic system of the US green card lottery.
Application is the only the first step in the process of getting the green card as a permanent resident of USA. Let’s see what the application is.
Green Card Lottery Application
Having a Green Card which is officially known as a Permanent Resident Card allows you to live, study and also work permanently in the United States of America. The steps you must take to apply for a Green Card lottery will vary depending on your individual situation.
Before starting the application process, there are two questions that you must answer first: Are you eligible to apply?
U.S. immigration laws provide a variety of ways for people to apply for a Green Card. The eligibility requirements may vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying. To be sure if you are eligible you need to check if your country is in the official list of the countries which are taking part in the green card lottery this year. This list you can find here on the official web page on the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
The applicant must have completed a US High School education or a foreign equivalent of a US High School education. “High School education or its equivalent” means the successful completion of a twelve year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States of America or successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completing a 12 year education in the USA. Passage of a high school equivalency examination is not sufficient. It is permissible to have completed one’s education in less than twelve years or greater than twelve years if the course of study completed is equivalent to a US High School education.
But there is another one option. The applicant must have worked in one of the following occupations for at least two years within the last five years.
Proof that you satisfy these requirements should NOT be submitted when entering the USA Diversity Visa Lottery, but will be requested by a consular officer after your name has been selected in the draw and you formally apply for your permanent residence (Green Card) visa via the three immigration forms that you will receive, if selected. Individuals who do not meet the two requirements outlined above, should not apply for a permanent resident card in this immigration program, since they will be disqualified. You need to provide proof of education, work experience and native country only if you are selected. For this reason we do not request this documentation in the online application form.
You need to understand that there are lots of unofficial web resources that might provide an official information about green card lottery program with the purpose to involve potential applicants get into the system and enter their data. This is illegal and you mustn’t use any of them. This is official website of the DV Immigrant Visa Program where you can register your entry for free. Only at this site your registration of application in the green card lottery will be official and without any payment for it.
Steps to Register in the Green Card Lottery
To register in the lottery, you must follow these steps.
- Check if you qualify
Use the online tool to check if you qualify. The online tool will check all of the available options for you including claiming your spouse or parents’ native country.
- Register and submit personal information
Create your registration and enter your personal information and the personal information of other family members if you have any
- Submit photos
Upload digital photos of yourself and your family members. If you have difficulty uploading photos you can send the photos by email. If you do not have digital photos you can send regular photos by post and they will be digitized for you.
Your information and photos are reviewed by computer and by personal experts to make sure that they meet all of the requirements. If there are any problems you will receive notice and have a chance to submit new information or photos.
- Entry and confirmation
Your information is entered in the lottery and you will receive a confirmation number which can be used to check if you are a winner.
- Selection of winners
Over 55,000 winners are selected randomly by electronic computer system. All qualified applications have an equal chance of being selected.
- Check if you are a winner
When the results are out, you will receive notice by email. Use your confirmation number to check if you are a winner.
Important: Winners are NEVER notified by email. You must go online to check if you are a winner yourself using your confirmation number. Ignore any email from untrusted sources that tells you that you are a winner.
About your photo to upload
Most people who enter the lottery see it very difficult to upload the correct photo. And it causes a real problem. The reason why is people don’t know or make a mistake with it. The most wide mistake is a photo background. People make selfie without plain background and the system denying it. Sometimes it doesn’t but with such an appropriate picture system won’t be satisfied and your application won’t be approved by it.
The background must be white as well or light blue color for the best. Also a very important option is you have to take off your glasses if your wear them. It needed to avoid flashes on the photo and a face needed to be recognizable without glasses.
There is a template on the Diversity Lottery Green Card site where you can check if your photograph is quite good for upload to the green card application. You can resize it and fit into the correct position and after it upload and download to your computer for the further procedures with your application.
Once the period of registration is over you will be waiting till the results will be available in the computer system. After you check your confirmation number and got the answer if you a winner or not you have to keep your confirmation number till the next entry registration date. This is highly important because you can re-check your number for several times during a year and there will be few chances to win the green card lottery. This becomes possible because some people who enter the lottery of a green card as a Diversity Lottery Program and win it can be discharged out of the system or simply refuse of the green card win. Sometimes it is just happens that people change their mind to move to the States of America or people might have family problems and can’t go anywhere even if they win. Their entries comes back to the system and you will have another one chance to try your luck. So! It is very important not to forget to re-check your confirmation number until the next time registration of the green card lottery date.
All is in your hands
Green card lottery application is just a first step which you make for changing your future. Who knows, maybe it will change this year. But don’t be sad if your entry won’t win. There are so many opportunities to enter the USA. Just be ready for the long way with the green card at the end of it. It worth of it. Your life can change with the green card and all you need is to finish your application. Take your chance to become an american citizen, it is easy to fill the application and maybe next year you will be celebrating your birthday in New York or Colorado! Who knows, it is life and if you ever had a dream to drink your morning coffee viewing Manhattan – it is your chance, don’t miss it!
You don’t lose anything filling up the green card application. So, why not to try? Stay positive, believe in your luck and start the green card visa process. A way to become a permanent residence is in your hands.