Green Card Lottery: Permanent Residency for Applicant, Spouse and Children
THE US WILL ACCEPT DV LOTTERY APPLICATIONS STARTING OCTOBER 2017.
The Lottery Visa DV-2019, also known as the Green Card Lottery (because of the color of the card), leads to permanent residence in the United States for an applicant, a spouse and their children under 21 years old.
The lottery is generally held between October and November and applications are now being accepted for the year 2019. The Lottery Visa has been mandated by Congress and is overseen by the State Department rather than United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There will be 55,000 visas issued and applications are accepted online.
Applicants must meet several criteria:
- Be a national of a country that is under represented in the United States. If you don’t meet this criteria you can adopt the country of your spouse or your parents as long as they have lived in the country of your birth. Check the State Department website for the list of countries applications are being accepted from for the 2019 lottery
- Completed the equivalent education of an American High School Diploma or have attended high school in the United States; or
- Have 2 years of work experience within the last 5 years in one of the fields listed on the State Department website.
Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries have immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
- China (mainland-born)
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- South Korea
- United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories
You will also be called for an interview. Sounds simple? Yes, however professional guidance is recommended as there is strategy involved. Fadi Kayyali, legal immigration expert stresses the importance of hiring a professional saying, “Hiring a professional can help prevent fraud. Applicants seeking lottery visas may find themselves in vulnerable positions. Many online websites are operating from outside the US. Some of them are scammers and you can’t tell if they their website or emails are fake or real. There are so many scammers behind sending fraudulent emails and letters posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from Diversity Visa (Lottery) applicants.” Check this site for more information.
Dealing with an American office that is run by legal professionals ensures that your application will be submitted accurately, honestly and on time. The law is complicated and the deadline for applying for such visa is time sensitive. The process of applying for the lottery visa requires entering accurate information which could be detrimental to the application if a mistake happens during the process.
Mr. Kayyali of 2immigration based in Cleveland Ohio, recommends getting an early start on gathering your paperwork to submit your application.