What is Green Card Lottery
1. This bulletin is a summary of what is the green card lottery and how
it works. The Green Card Lottery is also called the Diversity Lottery (DV) and
it is a program that was created by the United States to give work visas to
50,000 immigrants to come to the United States. Traditionally these visas are
given through a lottery system and they allow an individual who applies for the
lottery and their families to work and
live on a permanent basis in the United States If you are interested in
the Green Card system it is best to check the Green Card Lottery
Currently the only way to apply for the Green Card
Lottery is through the United States State Department. Most people understand
that a green card is what you receive in order to work in a foreign country. In
the United States all people who are considered illegal aliens must have a
green card and be actively working in order to stay in the country. With the
Green Card Lottery, immigrants are chosen randomly to be granted this
opportunity. There are two situations that will influence how many people
actually receive the visas this year 1) the goal of 55,000 applications are
chosen or 2) the fiscal year ends before this amount of people are chosen
2. The Lottery is legal and is based on section 203 Immigration and Nationality
Act (INA).In order to be eligible to apply for the Lottery your spouse or you
must come from a country that is eligible for this Lottery visa. In addition,
applicants must be able to show that they have worked at least two years within
the last five and that you have a career that required two years of training in
order to be qualified to do it. If you don't have the experience, another
option is that you have completed high school or the equivalent of 12 years of
school. Immigrants can only apply for this Lottery if they come from a country
where immigration has been low to the United States.
3. The Green Card Lottery regions that qualified for 2009 were:
South America including Central America and the Caribbean
North America (The Bahamas only)
To read the requirements for the DV Lottery program please enter: Green card lottery requirements
WHERE TO CHECK FOR MORE INFORMATION?
There are many Green Card Lottery bulletins that you should also
check to make sure that you have the most updated information as time goes on.
The Green Card Lottery for 2010 will begin at noon EDT (Eastern Daily Time) on
Oct. 2, 2008 and end at noon EST (Eastern Standard Time) on Dec. 1, 2008.
Please note that the Lottery for 2009 has already closed.
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