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How to win a us green card in the lottery

Why America needs a Green Card Lottery?

This event is called a lottery because, that the winners are determined at random (the probability of winning is not affected by knowledge of English, nor age, no profession - nothing at all, only luck). Officially in American law, this event is called the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (translated into Russian "Immigration Diversity Visa Program"). The lottery's mission is to attract immigrants from those countries, underrepresented in America.

The United States is a unique country. It was founded by expatriates and needs a continuous influx of new people, with courage and grip. US lottery continues to attract experience, culture and knowledge from all over the world. Indeed, including due to the diversity (multinationality) of its population, the United States of America managed to achieve a leading position in the world. Each nation has contributed to the development of the country.

Besides, those who are usually prone to immigration, who "still has gunpowder in the flasks": active youth and the most active representatives of the older generation. They, who are ready to start from scratch in a new country, capable of independently solving all life issues, with a slight touch of "adventurism". Such an audience is desirable for any capitalist country., especially, for the USA.

Lottery win, certainly, the most widely available way of immigration to the USA. Almost everyone can participate in the lottery. Winners' costs before entering the US are relatively low. Knowledge of English is not required to obtain an immigrant visa. There are no special requirements for education or work experience.

But it should also be noted, that the winners need to find housing and work on their own. And all the other worries, arising in the process of immigration, also rest on their own shoulders. You can only rely on yourself and your friends. America needs new Columbus, not freeloaders. You are ready?

Step 1: participation in the green card lottery

Reasons for disqualification

  • Feeding over 1 entries from the person in the current set;
  • Specifying false data;
  • Incomplete data on spouse and children;
  • Non-compliance with participant requirements;
  • Loss of ID number pending results (the number must be saved before the end of dialing).

Requirements for obtaining a green card using the lottery

  • Apply from the state, admitted to participate in the competition in the current set (the list appears before registration opens in the fall);
  • Have completed high school education or two years of work experience, which meets a number of conditions;
  • There are no restrictions on the age of the candidate.

Assessment of profession and work experience for participation in the lottery

Registration in the green card lottery

  • Waiting for lottery results for at least 7 months (start of publication in May);
  • Checking lottery results online on the same website.

Caution - scammers
Green card lottery participants may face scammers, who are trying to get money from participants. For this reason, the lottery and the publication of its results are carried out only online and only on the official website - lottery representatives do not come into contact with the participants, apart from sending automatic notifications about the need to check the status of the application.

How to avoid becoming a victim of scammers:

  • Do not reply to emails or letters, do not disclose your data, including information with a confirmation page;
  • Remember, that participation in the lottery is free and does not involve fees;

Whether to use the services of agencies?

How to improve your chances of winning the lottery
If the spouse(and) fits the requirements for participants, he or she should also register in the lottery - this will increase the chances of winning and moving the whole family. Participant must include all children and spouse(in) to the application. The lottery winner will be able to take with him:

  • Spouse(in);
  • Children, unmarried, which at the time of application is not 21 of the year.

If an adult child wins the lottery, he will not be able to take his parents with him, since only spouses and children up to 21 of the year.

You can participate in the lottery an unlimited number of times. Although the number of attempts does not affect the likelihood of winning the lottery in a particular year, everyone has a chance to try fate again.

Is my country of birth important for the Green Card Lottery?

Your country of birth plays an important role in the Green Card Lottery because some countries are not allowed to participate. Countries who are excluded usually have an already high rate of immigration to the USA. Every country which has received more than 50,000 U.S. Green Cards through other legal immigration paths, such as family- or work-based visas over the last five years are automatically excluded from the lottery. The list of excluded countries, therefore, can change from year to year. It is worth the time to check the list of excluded countries regulary to see if new counties have been added or taken off the list. Please take note that your nationality plays no role in the Green Card Lottery. Only your country of birth according to current borders is important in deciding if you can participate in the drawing.

To participate in the Green Card Lottery, you only have to meet two criteria!

Exceptions for people born in an excluded country

There are, however, exceptions! People who were born in an excluded country can still apply to the Green Card Lottery under certain conditions. They are when:

  1. The spouse of the participant was born in a country that can actively participate;


  1. People born in an excluded country can participate if their parents were only in the country of their birth temporarily for, for example, their studies or work. In this case, both parents must have been born in a country which can participate in the lottery.

In these cases, the participant can take on, so to say, the country of their parents or spouse and enter the country as their “native country” when applying. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The American Dream has made it their mission to help those who want to emigrate to the USA reach their goals. We are here for you if you have any questions or concerns.

Won, did not win?..

For, so that the winners can find out about their winnings, each application can . To do this, you need to know her number (Confirmation Number). This number consists of 16 characters and is assigned to the application at the time of its sending. If you do not know your application number, it is impossible to check it. Therefore, be sure to keep this number or ask for it, who sent your application. If you submitted the application yourself, but lost or did not retain their Confirmation Number, it can be restored. If your application was sent by an agency, request this number from the agency or try to restore the number, indicating the agency's email in the recovery form (eg, when sending our applications, we indicate our email,

Green card competition stages.

To the participant of the online survey after submitting the form, will have to wait almost a year for its results. The whole event can be divided into several stages

Stage 1. Filling out an application for a green card.

You CORRECTLY fill out the form on the official website. Provide correct data. In English. Rewrite them like this, as indicated in your passport in Latin, or foreign passport.

We advise you to prepare in advance, and leave a request in the first half of the registration period, not the second. Those who try to apply at the last moment may face the problem of exceeding visa quotas for the country.

Stage 2. Green card draw and results

All questionnaires are checked by a computer for compliance with requirements and duplicates. Then the next program, randomly selects 50000 questionnaire. These are the winners.

How and when to find out about the win.

The only way: since May 2019 years to 30 september 2020 of the year, by entering the number on the official website:

US Department of State does not send letters of winning. From them you can only get a reminder that, what you need to check your status on the site. They also never require remittances anywhere.. Be carefull, if there is an intermediary between you in the application.

If the car didn't pick you, do not despair. Next year you can apply again. If you won, then another survey awaits you. Collection of documents and invitation for an interview.

You shouldn't relax. According to statistics, about 50% half of the applicants are eliminated after the interview. This is the main and decisive stage, which we will talk about in a separate article.

Stage 3. Green card registration.

After the second submitted DS-260 detailed form, collection of all certificates and documents, passing a special medical examination, the most important stage is waiting for you - an interview in English with the consul. Before this interview, you need to pay the grand card and consular fee.

State fee for registration of DV visa,

The cost of issuing a green card last time was 330 dollars for each visa, regardless of age. The fee is paid at the interview with the consul and is non-refundable if the visa is refused.

After receiving visas, it is additionally paid 220 dollars in immigration tax (USCIS Immigrant Fee).

On this visa, the person who won it must enter the United States to authorize his visa.

The first person to enter the United States is the DV1 holder - the winner of the Green Card Lottery. Family members' Green Card authorization depends on the winner's Green Card authorization.

What the Green Card gives

US address for DS-260

Green Card Lottery. How scammers work?

Green – map – document, the presence of which means the right of permanent residence in America.

Card holder:

  • Can live and work in the United States;
  • Over time, become a citizen of the country;
  • Has the right to be credited at a small percentage;
  • Has the opportunity to open his own business;
  • Eligible for health care and certain benefits.

According to the legal status, Green Card holder has the same privileges, as US citizens, with the exception of the right to participate in elections and receive some social packages. The card is issued for a period of 10 years old, and after 5 years, the cardholder has the opportunity to submit documents for obtaining citizenship. There are many ways to get a Green Card, however, the procedure is not always simple and often takes a lot of time and effort. One of the ways to facilitate the procedure for obtaining a card is a diversification lottery (DV – lottery), called the green card lottery.

What education or work requirements must I meet?

You can apply for the Green Card Lottery when …

… you can prove that you have at least a US high school diploma or an equivalent level of education. This means that participants should have completed at least 12 years of formal primary and secondary schooling.


… you can prove at least two years of work experience within the past five years in a qualified profession. Qualified professions are those that require at least two years of training. Please refer to the database provided by the Department of State to check if your job qualifies.

People who do not fulfill the above requirements cannot, unfortunately, apply for the lottery. If you have doubts, The American Dream is here to assist and advise you. If it is not possible for you to participate in the Green Card Lottery, you can still travel to the USA with an ESTA or apply for a US visa for longer trips across America.

What information is asked for in the application?

Registering for the Green Card Lottery takes place online and is non-binding. If you have ever played with the idea of moving to the USA or have been a long-time, die-hard America fan, then you won’t regret participating in the Green Card Lottery. In case you win, you decide if you want to accept the Green Card or not. Basically, the doors of opportunity are open to you and the Green Card gives you the flexibility to decide if you want to permanently live and work in the USA.

Most importantly, this flexibility is given to you through winning a Green Card. In the application form for the Green Card Lottery, you must give personal details like your first and last name, date of birth, country and city of birth, passport information, level of education as well as a digital photo. This information is also required for each member of your family, with the exception of their passport details.

Language skills

Many USA fans ask us about how good their English skills must be to apply for the Green Card Lottery. Principally, participants must not prove any special language skills. Many of our winners have quite the story to tell! Without speaking a word of English, many people have participated in the lottery, won and successfully emigrated to the USA! We still recommend that you attend English courses at a language school so that you are best prepared when you win the lottery.

Proof of finances

Furthermore, applicants must not provide proof of their finances at the time that they apply for the Green Card Lottery. This information will first be requested once the Green Card has been won.

Attention: LOTTERY 2020-2022 will start only in autumn!!! Participation – FREE!Rules see. below.

USA Green Card: how to get the, lottery, deadlines for submission, tips

The US green card is a document, confirming a residence permit in the United States. It looks like a plastic card with a green stripe.. You can get it in different ways.. It is issued directly to the USA, some time after, how a person enters the country on an immigrant visa. That is, if in the American embassy of your country (Russia or Ukraine, or another country) the person was issued only a tourist visa, in the USA he will not be able to get a green card on it.

What is a US immigrant visa?

US immigrant visa is a visa, which gives the right to reside in this country on a permanent basis. Again: a tourist visa DOES NOT GIVE this right!!!
Citizen of any country, holding a US immigrant visa, has the right to enter the United States as a permanent resident of the United States. In the future, such a visa gives the right to begin the procedure for obtaining American citizenship.
Immigrant visa can be obtained at the US Embassy in Russia.

In the photo: front side of Green Card

In the photo: reverse side of the green card

Why do certain countries not qualify for the Diversity Visa Program?

The Green Card Diversity Lottery allows natives of myriad countries to acquire permanent American residency. As a winning participant, you and your family can become United States citizen through naturalization.

People from the following regions can take part in the lottery:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Oceania
  • North, South and Central America
  • The Caribbean

There are high- and low-admission regions and states. Each nation’s allowance for the American Green Card Lottery depends on the number of immigrant visas that country has issued to foreign citizens within the last five years. This approach ensures migration balance and stimulates diversification.

We go, going, going. To distant lands?

so. Green Card is not US citizenship! This is a residence permit in America. And work permit in the same place. Do not confuse these concepts! And further. The Green Card itself is already given in the USA. And here you participate in the lottery. И в случае выигрыша Вам дадут визу в Америку. Да и на будущее. Correctly the lottery is called "Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery"!

By the way, I want to immediately dispel a few more myths about the lottery.

The winning percentage is very small.

Look here. Of course, you can win a jackpot in any lottery. But ... According to different estimates for different lotteries, the chance is about 0,00001%! And the chance to win the Green Card lottery is about 1% For Russia. And if, for example, in your family 3-4 person older 21 of the year, then fill out a questionnaire for each. And the chances go up. And what is the Green Card lottery if not "jackpot" :).

It is important to fill out the questionnaire in the first hours (or vice versa in the last hours) accepting applications. As far as I know, the time and date of filling out the questionnaire does not matter

The main thing is to get into the allowed interval, when can i apply. This is usually from early October to early November. By the way, earlier or later, you simply will not be able to fill out the questionnaire, since on the official website of the Green Card lottery just the necessary section will be blocked

As far as I know, the time and date of filling out the questionnaire does not matter. The main thing is to get into the allowed interval, when can i apply. This is usually from early October to early November. By the way, earlier or later, you simply will not be able to fill out the questionnaire, since on the official website of the Green Card lottery just the necessary section will be blocked.

If I win, I will receive a letter of "happiness".

In case of winning. As well as not winning the DV lottery, no one will tell you anything.You will need to independently check the information on the lottery website.

If one family member filled out the questionnaire, then he will go. The rest will stay.

This is also a myth. The lottery is valid for all members of your family. If you won one, then everyone can go. But who is meant by "family members", need to figure it out in more detail. Let's better I'm not here, and a little below in the same article I will tell you more about this.

You can fill out several questionnaires for one person to increase the chances.

But this is strictly prohibited.! Even if you made a mistake in filling out the questionnaire, then you will have to or hope so, that the error will not be considered critical. Or wait for the next draw.

You need to know English well

Not at all. You can fill out the Green Card application without knowing English. You can just use Google translate. Well, or watch my article and video. By the way, and in the future, in case of winning, knowledge of English is not a mandatory factor (although of course it is highly desirable!).

Deal with myths? Let's take another look, who can still fill the lottery. And who can go to America, and who cannot from family members. More details..

Here are some highlights:

  • Anyone with a 18 years old.
  • If you are married (married), then you can fill out the form as for yourself, and for spouse (spouse)
  • In any case, you must fill out a questionnaire for your children before 21 of the year
  • If the child 21 a year - then he fills out the questionnaire for himself.
  • If the child 18-21 year, then you fill out the information for him in your profile. And the child can fill out the questionnaire on his own.

In case of winning, all family members can go. That is, you + spouse(spouse)+children before 21 of the year. To everyone else (grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, etc.) it will be possible to enter under the family reunification program. Through 3-5 years old. In this matter, I am not an expert - it is better to check with knowledgeable people. I can write something wrong here.

If not the whole family wants to leave for the USA, it is not necessary. for example, You don't want to become a US citizen. But only dad (mum) wants to make some money. Then everyone can enter, and then return besides the "main employee". But here I also "swim". This is that information, which I found on the internet. You'd better double-check it, if it is important to you.

Well.. all clear? We start filling out the DV or Creen Card form.

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