Green Card - Diversity Visa Program

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About

The Diversity Visa (DV) Program is otherwise known as the Green Card Lottery and makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Most lottery winners reside outside the United States and immigrate through consular processing and issuance of an immigrant visa.

Application Process:

  • Submit your application for the program online.
  • Get the confirmation unique number.
  • Use your confirmation number to check your status in the DV lottery website, at the time when results are posted.
  • Once selected, you need to start with the visa application process. You must get ready to move only if the visa is granted to you.
  • Upon arrival, you can apply for the Green card which grants you permanent residency.

Note: There are, however, a small number of lottery winners each year who, at the time of “winning the lottery,” are residing in the United States in a nonimmigrant or other legal status. For these winners residing inside the United States, USCIS processes adjustment of status applications.

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DURATION

Lifelong Month(s)

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CITIZENSHIP

60 Month(s)

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FEES

330 (approx.)

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P. RESIDENCY

1 Month(s)

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COMPLEXITY

Low

Eligibility Requirements for the Green Card - Diversity Visa Program

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be from one of the countries allowed to apply for the DV Program.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply as the head of household. This means that if you are over 18 years old but have younger children, then you can apply together.
  • You must have completed high school and have a high school diploma.
  • Or, you must have at least 2 years of work experience in the last 5 years in an occupation which falls into Job Zone 4 or 5 as per the US Department of Labor (DOL) requirements.
  • You must go through the medical examinations prior to the visa application.

Document Requirements for the Green Card - Diversity Visa Program

12 Document Required

  • Original passport.
  • Copy of the principal applicant’s selection letter for the diversity visa lottery from DOS (You can get it on the DV lottery website when you get selected).
  • Form DS-260 confirmation letter.
  • Medical examination form (Form i-693).
  • Two photographs per person of you and your family if you are applying together.
  • Birth certificates of you and your family (including copies).
  • Court, prison, and police records.
  • Marriage certificates or proof of a divorce (if applicable).
  • Military records if you were in the military.
  • Copy of the receipt from DOS for the diversity visa lottery processing fee.
  • Copy of passport page with nonimmigrant visa (if applicable).
  • Any additional documents that the US Embassy might require from you.

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