Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
One of the main reasons for this program is to diversify the population of the United States.
Before enacting the DV program, Immigration to the US was accepted mainly from European countries. However, since its inception almost 30 years ago, the US now allows substantially more immigrants from Asian, African, Latin American Countries as well as from the Middle Eastern and Caribbean countries.
Nowadays, the United States is the most sought-after place for Immigration, with over 45 million immigrants. Every year, the US State Department through its Green Card DV-lottery program, issues about 50,000 Green Card winners. Those that win the DV-lottery go through a routine Consular Interview and eventually become legal Permanent Residents to the United States with their family members.
About 10 million people register each year for the DV-lottery program from all over the globe. A computer then chooses approximately 100,000 individuals as winners. These winners will get the possibility to apply for one of the 50,000 Green Cards Issued each year by the US State Department.
This method ensures an impartial, nonpartisan way of selecting a diverse group of individuals from all over the globe to have an equal opportunity to win the DV-lottery.
The DV-lottery application must be submitted by October of each year, and the lucky winners are usually notified of their winning by May the following year.
To participate, an applicant to the DV-lottery must be a native to one of the eligible countries on this list.
The 2nd condition is to have a formal education of 12 years of primary and secondary school. If you do not have 12 years of formal education, you should have at least two years of experience in the past five years, in a skilled job that mandated at least two years of training and practice.
You must also update your application if even one of these details change after you have submitted the original request. For example, you will have to update the application if your marital status changed or you had a new baby. If you do not update your application, you can get disqualified later on, e.g., during your Consular Interview, so please remember to update your application if needed.
In case you are selected as a winner, the derivative dependent can also apply for Immigration to the USA via the DV Program. This is known as the DV-lottery selectee’s Diversity Visa application.
In case one of you win the DV-lottery, the other spouse and children included in the application form can also continue the process of Immigration to the USA.
In the past years, the Green Card DV-lottery took place during the months of October-November.
How Many People Participate In The Green Card (Diversity Visa) DV-lottery Each Year & How Many Of Those Win?
Approximately 80,000 to 100,000 winners are randomly selected by the computer each year for the opportunity to apply for the Diversity Visa.
For instance, in 2018, 14,352,013 individuals registered for the DV-lottery. Out of those, 87,610 were selected to apply for one of the 50,000 Diversity Visas and Green Cards issued by the US State Department every year.
Does Winning the Diversity Visa DV-lottery Mean That I Will Get The Green Card Automatically?
Winning the Diversity Visa DV-lottery is the first important step in the process of Immigration into the USA. Winning the Diversity Visa DV-lottery, However, does not guarantee that you will automatically get the Green Card or a Permanent Resident status. Winning the Diversity Visa DV-lottery means that you have won the opportunity to apply to one of the 50,000 Diversity Visas and Green Cards issued by the US State Department every year. Upon winning the Diversity Visa DV-lottery, you will need to go through the steps of the Consular Interview. Should you complete that steps successfully, you will then have your passport stamped with the Diversity Immigration Visa, and you and your family will be given a US Permanent Resident.
As part of our services, The USA Green Card Bureau Organization will notify you promptly in case you won and provide you with your Confirmation Number issued to you when you first registered. As a winner, you will have to go on the US State Department website, fill in some detail, to check whether you have won, and get a confirmatory letter which contains a case number and a barcode. You must print out that letter and keep it in a safe place. You will need it later on for the Consular Interview.
Upon being notified that you were selected in the DV-lottery, you will need to complete the DS-260 and other forms online. The US State Department’s Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will then set a date for an interview at a US embassy or consulate.
Before the Consular Interview takes place, you and your family will also need to get a medical exam from an authorized physician, get all the required documents and photos as needed for the DV program and pay the Diversity Visa Application fee.
You and your family must arrive at the scheduled time and date to the US Embassy or Consulate with all the necessary documents and photos for the Consular Interview to take place. After you complete your Consular Interview process successfully, which means you and your family were approved for Immigration to the US, you will receive a new status of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and your passport will be stamped inside for entry into the USA. You will need to pay a fee to the US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS). The fee can be paid online, and the Permanent Resident Green Card will be sent to you by mail.
You must carry the Green Card with you while living in the United States. It is a legal document and provides proof of your legal status as a Permanent Resident of the United States and your right to work. As our client, the USA Green Card Bureau Organization will help you with all the necessary means to make this journey as smoothly and as quickly as possible. We will help you arrange all the required documents and photos, and explain to you and your family about the processes in a clear and conscience manner.
It is crucial to saving this number as you will need it to check your winning status once the Diversity Visa DV-lottery results are published on the US State Department website.
As part of our services, The USA Green Card Bureau Organization will notify you promptly in case you won and provide you with your Confirmation Number issued to you when you first registered.
The Diversity Visa is issued for entry to the USA within its time limit.
Upon successful completion of the Consular Interview process, a new immigrant will need to pay a fee to the US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS). The fee can be paid online, and the Permanent Resident Green Card will be sent to the immigrant by mail.
An immigrant must carry the Green Card with him or her while living in the United States. It is a legal document and provides proof of the legal status as a Permanent Resident of the United States and the right to work.
The Green Card is required while starting a job and can be used for identification when applying for a driver’s license or opening a bank account.
You and your family can live anywhere you desire within the USA.
As a businessman or woman, you or your family will have the opportunity to begin a new business in the USA. You and your family also have the right to buy a home or own real estate.
You and your family will have a chance to gain an excellent education, be it primary school, secondary school, or higher education. Children in the USA are entitled to free education in public schools.
You and your family can travel freely inside the 50 states and go outside of the USA under specific regulations. You and your family can use the Green Card to open a bank account and apply for a driver’s license wherever you live. However, the most significant advantage of having a Green Card is the right to apply for US citizenship. You will be able to apply it after living in the USA for five years. After receiving US citizenship, and thus becoming a “naturalized” American citizen, you will be eligible for a US passport and other benefits stemming from being a US citizen.