It's called the diversity visa lottery program, but to most it's known as the green card lottery. Chances of winning are slim, but still there's a chance. Thousands join in each year to take a chance at the green card lottery. The program is open to many countries and many do win.
One fellow from Brazil won two years ago and brought his family to live in sunny Orlando, Florida. It happens probably more than you think, and is one legal and proper way to come into the united states.
How can I find the green card lottery? Each year, you are allowed to apply to the lottery for green cards, but even if you're selected a winner, that doesn't guarantee entry free and clear. There is a catch.
Applicants must pay the now $750 U. S. Dollar fee to the U. S. Embassy in the country they apply. Further, you must pass several medical exams. And the U. S. Government says green card lottery winners must have an advanced level of schooling or, you must have worked in a professional position for two years - within the past five years. If that isn't enough, there is more.
Say you win the green card lottery - you now go through a complete police investigation - a background check, performed by the united states. What this boils down to is that you must have a clean record before coming to America. It is not easy - but there is a good chance, if you apply.
There are around 50,000 to 55,000 U. S. Visas set aside for the green card lottery. The program is officially called the diversity visa lottery program, and you can only apply online via the state department website. Unless you win, your application is absolutely free. There are hundreds of cases of fraud by those who want to charge for the application process.
Apply directly through the state department website, or your application may be marked as fraudulent. And get ready as the next “diversity visa lottery program", or green card lottery as most call it, takes place in October of this year.
Living overseas for much of his life, Dave Jackson has certainly had his share of permanent visas. His work on Immigration has helped many obtain the fleeing Green Card. Dave studies the latest cases and discusses it plus the Green Card program on his website Immigration-Green Card