Green Card Lottery Frequently Asked Questions

The DV2020 Green Card Lottery

What is a Permanent Resident CardWhat is a Permanent Resident Card?
What is the Green Card Lottery ProgramWhat is the Green Card Lottery Program?
Who is allowed to participate in the DV2020 LotteryWho is allowed to participate in the DV2020 Lottery?
Can I include my spouse and childrenCan I include my spouse and children?
Is there a minimum age to applyIs there a minimum age to apply?
Are there requirements for education or work experienceAre there requirements for education or work experience?
Why do people born in certain countries not qualify for the DV2020 lotteryWhy do people born in certain countries not qualify for the DV2020 lottery?
Can I apply if I was born in a country that is not qualifiedCan I apply if I was born in a country that is not qualified?
How many immigrant visas will be issuedHow many immigrant visas will be issued?
Can I submit more than one entryCan I submit more than one entry?
Can I do anything to increase my chances of winningCan I do anything to increase my chances of winning?
How many Diversity visas are distributed to each countryHow many Diversity visas are distributed to each country?
Can I participate in DV2020 if I live in the USCan I participate in DV2020 if I live in the US?
Can a husband and a wife submit a separate application eachCan a husband and a wife submit a separate application each?
If I win, does my family have to travel with meIf I win, does my family have to travel with me?
Will I be informed that I was selected if I winWill I be informed that I was selected if I win?
How do I participate in the Diversity Visa LotteryHow do I participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery?
Green Card Lottery DV2020 in Year 2018, what is going onGreen Card Lottery DV2020 in Year 2018, what is going on?
What year is this years Green Card Lottery programWhat year is this years Green Card Lottery program?


The DV2020 Green Card Lottery

What is a Permanent Resident Card?

A permanent resident card is a immigrant visa to the United States of America also popularly known as a Green Card due to its green color. It allows foreign nationals to legally live, study and in the US and to enter and leave the United States freely. Permanent Resident card holders receive healthcare, education, and other benefits, and they can sponsor their relatives for permanent resident Cards too. Permanent residents are people who have been granted the right to live and work in the United States of America on a permanent basis. A Permanent Resident card is the proof of that status.

What is the Green Card Lottery program?

The Green Card Lottery program is the popular name for the Diversity Visa Immigrant Lottery Program that is administered by the United States Department of State. This immigration program makes available permanent residence visas to foreign nationals that meet certain requirements. Winners of the DV lottery are chosen randomly in a computer drawing that is conducted by the United States Department of State.

Who is allowed to participate in the DV2020 Lottery?

The applicant must be a native of a country whose natives qualify and must meet either the education or training requirement of the program. To check if you qualify, go to the green card lottery requirements page.

Can I include my spouse and children?

Yes, applicants can include their spouse and children on their DV2020 lottery application. if you are selected in the DV2020 lottery and obtain a Permanent Resident Card, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may also submit documentation to receive a Permanent Resident Cards as well.

Is there a minimum age to apply?

No, there is no minimum age to apply for the DV2020 immigration lottery program. The requirement of a high school education or work experience for each principal applicant at the time of application will however effectively disqualify most applicants who are under 18 years of age.

Are there requirements for education or work experience?

Yes, applicants must have at a minimum a high school degree or its equivalent or alternatively, applicants must within the past five years, have acquired at least two years of work experience in a qualifying occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. The DV2020 Registration page will walk you through these requirements.

Why do people born in certain countries not qualify for the DV2020 lottery?

The DV2020 lottery is intended to diversify the American population and provide immigration opportunities for people from countries that only send a small number of immigrants to the United States of America. The INA law clearly states that no permanent resident cards shall be provided to people born in countries with “high-admission” immigration rates to the United States. The law states that people born in countries from which a total of 50,000 people in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States the past five years are not eligible to apply in the DV2020 lottery. Note, the list of countries whose natives are not eligible may change from one year to the next.

Can I apply if I was born in a country that is not qualified?

Maybe, applicants that were born in a country that is not qualified for the DV2020 lottery program, may claim chargeability to the country where their derivative spouse was born, but such applicants will not be issued a permanent resident card unless their spouse is qualified and issued a permanent resident card, and enters the United States of America together with your permanent resident cards at the same time. In a similar manner, a minor dependent child can be “charged” to a parent’s country of birth.

How many immigrant visas will be issued?

each year 50,000 immigrant visas will be made available to the qualified applicants in the lottery. More than double of that number of individuals will be selected. As it is likely that some of the first 50,000 applicants that were selected will not pursue their visa issuance and many will not be qualified when they must submit proof, the united States selects a larger number of applicants to ensure all 50,000 permanent resident cards are given away each year.

Can I submit more than one entry?

No, the INA law govering this immigration program only allows one entry by or for each applicant during the registration period. Individuals who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

Can I do anything to increase my chances of winning?

Yes and No, the qualified applicants are selected randomly by a computer and all applicants have an equal chance of being selected. However, if you are married you have the advantage that you and your spouse can both apply and enter the lottery on seperate applications where you include each other on both applications and you thereby double your chances of getting selected in the lottery draw. Also make sure that your application is not disqualified. It is a fact that each year millions of registered applications are disqualified for due to errors in their applications or their photos not meeting the strict requirements. The Registration page will guide you through the application process and create the application for you and help you avoid this.

How many Diversity visas are distributed to each country?

The Diversity Lottery Visas are distributed to six geographic regions that basically are 6 of the 7 continents, i.e. Antarctica is excluded as no people live there on a permanent basis. The greatest number of Diversity Lottery visas go to the continents with the lowest rate of immigration to the United States, and countries sending more than 55,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years will have no visas allocated. No country can obtain more than seven percent of all the available Diversity Lottery Visas in a single year.

Can I participate in DV2020 if I live in the US?

Yes, applicants may be in the United States or any another country when they apply for the DV2020 lottery. The application can be submitted from the United States or from any country abroad.

Can a husband and a wife submit a separate application each?

Yes, a husband and a wife can submit one application each. If either the husbands or the spouses application are selected, the other would also be entitled to a permanent resident card. If you are married, you can double your chances of getting selected by submitting one application each and listing each other as spouses. Or you can save a little money on the administrative fee and use the husband/wife application registration plan that does the same for 20 percent less money.

If I win, does my family have to travel with me?

No. Just because your family members are listed on your DV2020 lottery application does not mean that they later must travel with you if you get selected. They can remain behind if they chose to. If you did include an eligible dependent on your diversity visa lottery application form whom you failed to include on your original application, your case will be disqualified.

Will I be informed that I was selected if I win?

No. It is the applicants responsibility to check on-line them self if they were selected in the DV2020 lottery after May 1, 2019. The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg will use a computer to randomly select entries from among all the applications received for the DV2020 lottery for each valid Continent. Within each Continent, the entries received during the DV2020 lottery registration window will all have an equal chance of being selected. When an application has been selected, that application will get a winner notification attached to it and when the applicant checks on-line for their winner status they will see the winner notification.

Important Note: Notifications to those selected in the random lottery are not sent by postal mail or e-mail. Official notifications of selection are only posted on-line by the Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg only. If you receive an email notification about your green card lottery selection, it would not be legitimate.

How do I participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery?

Applicants that want to participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery must complete the on-line registration process at: Green Card Lottery Registration.

Green Card Lottery DV2020 in Year 2018, what is going on?

This year’s (2018) Green Card Lottery is called the DV2020 (where 2020 is the year selected applicants can enter the US) and it is scheduled to close for further applications November 8, 2018.

What year is this years Green Card Lottery program?

The 2018 Green Card Lottery program year (DV2020) is the year when Green Card holders will be able to enter the United States on their new permanent resident cards. The process has five steps:
  1. Submission - Applicants apply for this years lottery, the DV2020 program on our web site now and until November 8, 2018.
  2. Lottery - March 2019 - The DV2020 Lottery Draw is conducted by the Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg using a random computerized lottery draw.
  3. Result - The DV2020 lottery results are made public May 1, 2019 and applicants can check on-line if they were selected.
  4. Process - Winners apply for their Green Card using their winning notifications.
  5. Entry - Applicants who won the green card lottery and successfully were processed, may enter the United States of America any time during the year 2020 as permanent residents.


   


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