What is the US Green Card Diversity Program?
The United States Government submits each year about 50,000 Green Card visas randomly by using a Diversity Visa program that was passed by Congress.
How many steps does it take to fill out the entire entry form?
There are only four steps to complete the entire application form.
How long does it take to complete the four steps?
If you have all information ready, it should not take you more than five minutes to complete the four steps.
Are there minimum requirements to participate?
Yes. The participant must be a native of the country that appears on the list of qualifying countries and must also meet the minimum requirements concerning education OR employment. For the list of qualifying countries, see list of eligible countries.
What are the requirements for education or work experience?
If I do not meet the minimum requirements, can I participate in the Diversity Visa program?
No. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you cannot enter the Diversity Visa program.
How many applications can I submit?
Each applicant may submit only one application form. However, if you are married you can double your chances by submitting one additional application form under your spouse’s name (husband/wife).
What happens if I live in a different country than the one I was born in?
No problem. The automatic application process will ascertain that. In such cases, your application will be submitted correctly and will not be disqualified.
What can I do if I was born in a country that does not appear on the list of qualifying countries?
You can participate by charging your nativity to either your spouse’s (husband/wife) country of birth or your parents’ country of birth, if different from yours. This is possible if your spouse or one of your parents were born in a country that appears on the list of qualifying countries.
More details on the previous above question:
“Native” ordinarily means someone born in a particular country, regardless of the individual’s current country of residence or nationality. Though, for immigration purposes, native can also mean someone who is entitled to be charged to a country other than the one in which he/she was born (Under the provisions of Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act). For example, if a principal applicant was born in a country that is not eligible for this year’s DV program, he/she may claim chargeability to the country where his/her derivative spouse was born, but he/she will not be issued a DV-1 unless the spouse is also eligible for and issued a DV-2, and both must enter the U.S. together on the DVs. In a similar manner, a minor (dependent child) can be charged to a parent’s country of birth. Finally, any applicant born in a country ineligible for this year’s DV program can be charged to the country of birth of either parent as long as neither parent was a resident of the ineligible country at the time of the applicant’s birth. In general, people are not considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized if they are only visiting the country temporarily or stationed in the country for business or professional reasons on behalf of a company or government. An applicant who claims alternate chargeability must include information to that effect on the application for registration.
Can a person who is currently in the U.S. apply for the program?
Yes, an applicant can be in the U.S. or in another country, and the entry may be submitted from the U.S. or from abroad.
Can I pay more to increase my chances of winning?
No. All the participants in the Diversity Visa program have an equal opportunity. The selectees are chosen randomly by a computer.
How will I know if I have been selected?
You have to check your application status online at the State Department website. You will need to have your registration confirmation to check your status. For our clients, we monitor our clients’ application status and we send them an email notification at the email address they provided at the time of registration. Participants who do not win will not be notified.
If I am selected, what happens next?
If you have been selected, you will receive further instructions on how to proceed when you check your status via Entrant Status Check. At that point, you will need to demonstrate that you are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing an immigrant visa application, submit required supporting documents and forms, pay immigrant visa fees, complete a medical examination, and then be interviewed by a consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate to demonstrate you qualify for a diversity visa.
Are there any additional fees?
There are no charges for participating in the Diversity Visa Program. The registration is free to all if you register directly with the Department of State website. We charge a fee for our time preparing, reviewing, and submitting your application to the State Department website. Aside from our stated fee, there are no additional fees to use our services to register for the Diversity Visa program.
Why do you not accept applications for multiple years of filings?
Due to the dynamic nature of immigration laws, we charge fees for the services we provide now. Hence, because the visa lottery program may or may not be available next year, we do not charge for services that we may provide at a future date.
How can I be sure that my application is filed correctly with all the necessary information?
For the fee you pay us, we will recheck your information and we will submit the actual registration form to the US Department of State. In the case of missing or wrong information, we will notify you and recheck the form before final submission. We charge our fee to make sure your application is complete and submitted on time.
What family members must I include on my form?
On your entry form you must list your spouse, which is husband or wife, and all unmarried children under 21 years of age, with the exception of a child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident. You must list your spouse even if you are currently separated from him/her. However, if you are legally divorced, you do not need to list your former spouse. For customary marriages, the important date is the date of the original marriage ceremony, not the date on which the marriage is registered. You must list ALL your children who are unmarried and under the age of 21 years of age, whether they are your natural children your spouse’s children by a previous marriage, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country (unless a child is already a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident). List all children less than 21 years of age, even if they no longer reside with you or you do not intend for them to immigrate under the DV program. The fact that you have listed family members on your entry does not mean that they later must travel with you. They may choose to remain behind. However, if you include an eligible dependent on your visa application forms that you failed to include on your original entry, your case will be disqualified. (This only applies to persons who were dependants at the time the original application was submitted, not those acquired at a later date.)Your spouse may still submit a separate entry, even though he or she is listed on your entry, as long as both entries include details on all dependents in your family.
Can a husband and wife each submit a separate green card Diversity Visa application?
Yes, a husband and wife may each submit one entry if each meet the eligibility requirements. If either is selected, the other would be entitled to derivative status. In this way, you double your chances.
If I am selected, do I have to emigrate with my family to the U.S.?
No. The fact that you have listed family members on your entry does not mean that they later must travel with you. They may choose to remain behind.
Is there a minimum age to participate?
There is no minimum age to apply for the program, but the requirement of a high school education OR work experience for each principal applicant at the time of application will effectively disqualify most persons who are under the age of 18.
What happens to my spouse and children if I am selected?
If you are selected, your family members can join you by filling a request for a visa based on your winning provided you have included them on your application at the time of registration.
Can a person who is already registered for an immigrant visa (in another category) apply for the Green Card Program?
Yes, such a person can apply for the program.
Is it safe to use a credit card online?
The service is fully secured by the highest-level industry standard SSL encryption, which prevents exposure of your credit card number and other personal data to anyone but the credit card company server (We only receive the last four digits for our records.)