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You can get a green card by participating in the DV lottery (Diversity Visa) program. Having a green card gives you legal residence status in the US and as a green card holder, you can enter, work and live permanently in the US.

Green card lottery program :

The USA green card lottery program is conducted every year and provides around 50,000 green cards to applicants who are selected randomly. Applicants are required to meet simple, but strict eligibility requirements. All countries are not eligible to participate. Therefore, the first eligibility criteria is that you should be from a qualifying country. The eligibility country will normally be the same as your country of birth and is not related to where you reside. Other significant eligibility criteria is that the applicant should have at least a high school education or its equivalent.

So how do you know if your country is eligible? Countries from which large number of immigrants move to the US are not eligible. In case more than 50,000 persons from your country immigrated to the US in the family and employment based visa categories in the last five years , then your country will not qualify for the current year’s USA green card lottery program. If you meet the eligibility requirements, ensure that you submit only one application. You will be disqualified if you submit more than one application. However, a husband and wife can each submit one application if each meet the eligibility requirements for the USA green card lottery program.

If you are not from a qualifying country, you can apply if your spouse is from an eligible country. But here both the applicant and the spouse have to come to the US together if selected. All the children under 21 years of age, listed in the entrant’s application can accompany their parents during the US visit. Additionally, you can also qualify through the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your parents was a resident of an ineligible country at the time of your birth.

The selection process is pretty simple. All the applications received at the Kentucky Consular Center will be given separate numbers. Then a computer will randomly select from the available applications and for each geographic region. All applications submitted have an equal chance of getting selected in this DV lottery program since it is done this way. All the selected applicants will be notified by post. This notification will have instructions for the visa application process. The Kentucky Consular Center will send appointment letters to those selected four to six weeks before the interview with the US consular officers overseas. These selected applicants will have to pay all diversity and immigrant visa fees in person at the US embassy or Consulate at the time of visa application.

All those who have applied will be able to check the status of their application to know if they have succeeded in the green card lottery program. Successful applicants can apply for adjustment of status for permanent residence. Such applications have to to filed with the USCIS.


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