Well it’s almost here again for another year, the Green Card Lottery! Anticipated by so many people around the world as perhaps their only chance to establish permanent residency in the United States to live and work freely and bring their families.
The Green Card Lottery or it’s official title Diversity Visa Lottery is completely FREE to enter!
So do not think that you have pay as their are many sites out there that charge a fee saying they wil enter you multiple times over many years, ensure your application is correct and enhance your chances of winning as well as pay for your ticket over here partially or in full if you win.
The Lottery is run by the US Government and is very simple application for the most part with just basic details required along with a digital photo. More official information can be found at the official Green Card Lottery Information area of the US State Department.
This year the lottery will run from October 2, 2009 through November 30, 2009 and if successful you will be notified via a formal letter between around May to July in 2010. Following an interview at the US Consulate you will then be able to enter the US in the 2011 Immigration year in their calendar which begins on October 1, 2010.
Official instructions and eligble countries are yet to be announced for this year but if you read our Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions you will get a pretty good year about a lot of this as it doesn’t change that much.
The DV-2010 Lottery was the first year results were able to checked online and also that non winners were able to verify that also online where in previous years they were told nothing. We assume that will continue and possibly be expanded for the DV-2011 Lottery.
We wish you well and good luck this year in the Green Card Lottery (DV-2011) and just remember that is completely free to enter and is run every year around about this time.
It is probably the hottest topic for foreigners in the world of US Immigration at the moment. Then judging by the most viewable pages here and the endless stream of comments and questions, the Green Card Lottery (aka Diversity Visa Lottery).
You can read that post to learn more about the Green Card lottery but as a quick summation, the Diversity Visa Lottery is an annual lottery run by US Government State Department allotting about 55,000 Permanent Residency visas to lucky winners around the world. Considering the process in obtaining a green card, and the scarcity, difficulty and associated cost, if you are lucky enough to win one from this lottery, you are certainly in a great position to begin your life fully in the US.
For those that entered between October and December 2008, the last time the Green Card lottery was run, we did a recent update for you called DV2010 results and information as the US State Department was announcing the winners of that lottery from May 2009.
This year was also the first year results were announced online and also that losing entrants could confirm that indeed they had not been successful in the DV-2010 lottery.
Now many people have been worried about their interview times, etc. and their first and second confirmation letters not arriving. My advice is to;
1. Firstly check the US State Department Official Diversity Visa Lottery Results page to confirm whether you have won this year or not.
2. Then ensure that your initial and second confirmation letters are legitimate as they should contain further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the U.S and information about your US consular interview.
3. At your US consulate interview your information and identity will be confirmed and upon acceptance you will be granted an entry visa to the US (you should enter the US before the expiry date of this visa)
4. After entering the US, your actual green card will be mailed to your nominated US address in a few weeks time. You can leave the US after this initial entry but you should have this actual green card in hand upon your return to the US.
You should note that you will never be notified by email of winning the lottery and a Diversity processing fee is only charged when a winning lottery entrant applies for the Diversity visa. At the time of the visa application at a U.S. consular office, each applicant (the DV entrant and any accompanying family members) will be charged a DV processing fee and immigrant visa fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable if the visa is refused. If the visa is issued, a separate visa issuance fee is then charged for each visa. Do NOT pay any other type of fees to 3rd party organizations as there are many SCAMS associated with the Green Card Lottery.
In case you were wondering DV-2011 (the Green Card Lottery run in 2009) should be open for application sometime in early October but of course check the US State Department sites for upcoming notifications.