Entering the Diversity Visa lottery is like entering any other lottery—the odds of winning aren’t high—but if you’re lucky, it can be a way to come to the United States even if you don’t have any family or employment contacts.
How can I increase my chances of winning DV lottery?
The best way to increase your family’s chances of success is to have all eligible family members register for the lottery. For details on who meets the country, educational, and other eligibility requirements, see Winning a Green Card Through the Visa Lottery.
How long does it take to win the green card lottery?
The process, from the initial lottery process to immigration, will take about 2 years.
How green card lottery winners are selected?
All participants of the Green Card Lottery receive a computer-generated confirmation code. Winners are then chosen randomly by a computer-generated program from the U.S. Department of State. Approximately 55,000 applicants around the world receive a Green Card.
What is the next step after winning the DV lottery?
If you’re in the United States in a temporary immigration status (technically known as “non-immigrant status”) when you win the Diversity Visa lottery, you’ll apply for a green card through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by filing Form I-485.
Is DV lottery random?
Entering the green card lottery is free. The drawing is random and by computer. You can only find out whether you have won by going to www.dvlottery.state.gov (typically beginning May 1).
What is the age limit for DV lottery?
To apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery, you must reach the age of 18 to fulfill all the educational requirements. However, there is no Green Card Lottery Maximum Age Limit to apply. If you meet all the criteria required for the application, you can Start Your Application Now.
Can husband and wife fill DV lottery separately?
Can a married couple each submit a separate DV Lottery Application? Yes, a married couple may each submit a DV Lottery application and if either is selected, the other would also be entitled to a permanent resident card.
Does Green Card Lottery affect visa?
Simple answer: No! Keep applying for the DV Lottery and this will have no affect on any future visa applications. Also, you do not have to mention on your visa applications that you applied for the DV Lottery. They are separate entities and they do not care.
Can I get married after winning DV lottery?
After being notified of your win, you have at least half a year’s time before the interview in a US consulate takes place. In this time, you can marry or have a child and the new family member will automatically be considered eligible for a Green Card.
What happens if you win a Green Card?
If you win a Green Card, your partner and all unmarried children under the age of 21 will automatically receive their own Green Card. Unmarried couples can also get married after they are notified of their win and before they send in their Green Card application form (DS-260).