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How To Participate In The Green Card Lottery

06th April 2011
By Sachin Kumar Airan in Immigration Law
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The green card lottery is held every year. People from different nations can apply for this lottery if they are eligible. The United States does this so that the country can become more diversified. It also allows people from all over the world to be able to give people permanent residence in the United States. Being a permanent resident gives access to things that a normal green card wouldn't have access to.

Finding out if you are eligible and filling out the application is a simple process. There are certain steps that you should take and those steps are finding out if your country is eligible for the green card lottery. If you are not from an eligible country but your parents are spouse are then you are still eligible to apply for the lottery.

You have to have a high school diploma or the equivalent of a high school diploma. If you don't have a high school diploma, but you have at least two years working experience from the past five years in a job that requires you to have training then you can still apply for the green card lottery.

After you have determined if you are eligible then you need to fill out the application and register for the green card lottery. Once you have completed the application and taken photos of the family members that have been registered you will also need to pay a small processing fee. The applications can be done online. There is only a certain time that you can fill out the application. The time changes every year and the state department is the one that specifies the designated time.

You will be able to register during the fall and then the winners are chosen and notified in the spring or summer. You will have certain amount of time to fill out the application and upload the pictures; this again is specified by the state department. They usually give you about an hour at upload your photos onto the site. You must do everything at one time you will not be able to save and resume the application at a later time. So make sure that you have enough time to fill out the application and to do the photos.

If you are a winner then you will be notified with a letter stating the time and date that you are supposed to meet with to conduct an interview. Just because you win the lottery doesn't mean that you gain access to a green card right away. This lottery only makes you eligible to apply for a visa. In order to get a visa you must go through the interview and prove your eligibility. After the interview you have to go through regular immigrant procedure to gain the visa and the permanent residence in the United States. The green card lottery is one of the most popular ways to gain access to the United States because you get the most benefits with this method.

USAFIS organization invites you to participate in the US Diversity Visa and Green Card Lottery program where you may get an immigration visa and be able to legally live and work in the United States.
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