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Diversity Visa Program

Among thousands of people immigrating to the United States is a significant number of those who have been lucky. They caught their luck and won a chance to get American citizenship through the Diversity Visa Program.

The US Department of State administers the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Green Card lottery. The program makes available about 55,000 immigrant visas every year. Green Card lottery is designed specifically for countries with low immigration rate to the United States and aims at keeping the American population diverse.

Applicants selected in the lottery as ‘winners’ must meet strict eligibility criteria to qualify for an immigrant visa. The selectees should have at least a high school education or its equivalent; or 2 years of work experience in an occupation that requires minimum 2 years training. For more information on immigrant visa requirements and application process see here . Selection process is random. The entire world is divided into 6 geographical regions; each qualifying country could receive no more that 7% of total number of visas. The ‘winners’ must then prove their eligibility and pass a visa interview.

There is only one way to apply for the Green Card lottery and that is online, through the official website of the Department of States [weblink]. Do not make more than one entry as it results in disqualification. Remember that you are fully responsible for the information you provide, its accurateness and completeness.

Entering the Diversity Visa Program equals to petition and must be disclosed regardless of the lottery results if you wish to get any non-immigrant US visa. The fact of registration itself does not mean automatic denial of visa issuance. However, there may be problems when there is a conflict between the applicant’s non-immigrant intent and immigration interest inferred by the lottery participation.

Please, beware of fraudulent websites and services offering assistance in the DV Program application process. Note that participation in the Program is free of any charges. Entrant Status Check is the only existing notification means. Any fees for visa application are paid later to the US embassy or consulate and only at the time of your scheduled interview appointment. Do not send payments in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer.

If you have any questions concerning the Diversity Visa Program or any other immigration issues feel free to contact our attorney at the Law Office of Katerina Utekhina.


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