Understanding the U.S. Green Card Lottery
The United States Green Card Lottery is also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. It is an annual program that offers individuals (and their families) from eligible countries the opportunity to apply for a Green Card to live and work in the United States as a Permanent Resident.
Key details about the Green Card Lottery program
- Eligibility: To be eligible for the Green Card Lottery individuals must be a Citizen of a qualifying country and meet the minimum educational requirements, or have at least two years of work experience in a specified occupation.
- Application period: The application period for the Green Card Lottery opens in the fall and closes a few months later.
- Application process: To apply for the Green Card Lottery individuals must complete the online application form and submit it during the application period.
- Selection process: After the application period has closed a computer generated random selection process is used to select the winners of the Green Card Lottery.
- Interview: Selected individuals must attend an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. During the interview they will be required to provide additional information and documentation to confirm their eligibility for a Green Card.
- Issuance of Green Card: Approved individuals will receive a Green Card which allows them to live and work permanently in the United States. They will also be required to undergo a medical examination and provide additional documentation before the Green Card is issued.