A green card is a US permanent residence visa. It allows you to live and work permanently and legally in the United States.
What rights does a green card give me?
A green card gives you the legal right to live and work permanently in the United States and to enter and leave the country freely. Green card holders also receive health, education, and other benefits. The green card does not affect present citizenship. A green card holder may later apply for United States citizenship, if desired.
What is the Green Card Lottery?
The Green Card Lottery is officially known as the "Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program" and is administered by the US Department of State. It was created by an act of Congress, the Immigration Act of 1990. The program allocates a specified number of diversity visas (green cards) to applicants from certain countries. Successful participants of the Lottery are chosen in a random drawing.
The Green Card Lottery is intended to increase the diversity of the US population. Natives of countries with historically low immigration rates into the US are encouraged to participate.
How does the Lottery work?
Program entries are accepted during a brief window period lasting approximately 1 month. Entries that do not meet the requirements, are not prepared correctly, or are not delivered during the 1-month window period are discarded and not included in the program. The US State Department selects approximately 100,000 names and notifications are mailed to the successful applicants. The first 50,000 people who register and qualify will receive several forms to complete and will have a brief interview at the nearest US embassy or consulate before receiving their visas. Additional family members listed on successful applicant's entry forms will also receive visas. Visa applicants residing in the United States may be able to receive their visas without leaving the United States.
How many visas are available?
By law, the Diversity Immigrant Lottery makes available a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence visas each year to eligible persons. However, the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning as early as DV-1999, and for as long as necessary, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NCARA program. The actual reduction of the limit to 50,000 began with DV-2000 and remains in effect.
Do I qualify to enter the Lottery?
You qualify to participate in the Lottery if you can claim nativity in an eligible country. You must also satisfy education/training requirements. Please read the Lottery requirements for complete details.
What countries can participate?
Persons from ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the Green Card Lottery, EXCEPT persons born in the following countries:
BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland, except Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan),
COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GREAT BRITAIN (and its
dependent territories*, except Northern Ireland), HAITI, INDIA,
JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA and VIETNAM.
*The following dependent areas of Great Britain are not eligible to participate in the Lottery: Anguila, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.
You may still qualify to participate in the Lottery even if you were born in one of the ineligible countries listed above. There are 2 exceptions:If your spouse was born in an eligible country, then you can claim your spouse's country of birth.If one of your parents was born in an eligible country, then you can claim your parent's country of birth.
A short statement explaining how you satisfy this exception must be included on your application.
Why does my country not qualify?
Diversity visas are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons from countries other than the countries that send large numbers of immigrants to the United States. The law states that no diversity visas shall be provided for high admission countries. Those are countries from which during the previous 5 years there were more than 50,000 immigrants in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories. Each year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) adds the family and employment immigrant admission figures for the previous 5 years to identify the countries that must be excluded from the annual Green Card Lottery. Because there is a separate determination made before each Lottery application period, the list of countries that do not qualify can change from one year to the next.
Can I apply if I am a citizen of an eligible country?
Only your country of birth is considered when determining if you quality to participate in the Green Card Lottery. Citizenship cannot be used to qualify you for the Lottery. Please read the requirements to determine if you can submit a Lottery application.
Are there any other requirements?
There is no minimum age to apply, but the education/training requirements effectively preclude most people under the age of 18 from participating. You can enter regardless of where you are living--even in the United States. You do not have to speak or write English. You do not need to have relatives living in the United States. You do not need a particular amount of money or a job waiting. You only need to qualify as an immigrant, which means that you cannot be a criminal, cannot be mentally disturbed, must be able to work or support yourself, and cannot be a threat to the US national interest.
To participate in the Lottery, you must:
- Complete an application with information about yourself and/or your family.
- Submit photographs (electronic or hardcopy) for every family member included on your application.
- Pay an application processing fee, which can be paid online or sent by mail.
You can complete the entire Lottery application process online by completing the online application, paying the processing fee with a credit card, and uploading your electronic photographs. You also have the option to mail your photographs to us by email or regular mail. The processing fee can be paid online at the time you prepare your application or mailed to USA Green Card afterward.
If you want to prepare an application by hand, you can download the application in PDF format.
The form can be mailed to USA Green Card with your photographs and payment. Upon receipt of your application materials, we will review and process your Lottery entry and contact you to inform you of your application's status.
Register immediately! Properly formatted entry forms must be received by the US Government during a 1-month application submission period. Because the window period during which entries will be accepted is very short, we strongly urge you to submit your application today so that your entry will be ready for immediate submission during the appropriate application acceptance period. USA Green Card posts monthly suggested dates by when you are encouraged to apply. This allows us to devote the proper time and care to the preparation of your Lottery application and helps you by maximizing the probability that your application will be complete and ready for submission before the official deadline.
What type of photograph must I submit?
All applications must include recent photographs of the applicant, spouse, and each child (including all natural children, legally-adopted children, and stepchildren, even if the children no longer reside with the applicant).
ALL photographs must conform to the following specifications:
The person being photographed must be directly facing the camera. The head should not be tilted up, down, or to the side. The head must cover about 50% of the area of the photograph.
The photo should be taken with the person being photographed in front of a neutral, light-colored background. Photos taken with very dark or patterned, busy backgrounds will not be accepted.
The person's face must be in focus.
The person in the photograph must not wear sunglasses or other objects that obscure the face.
A photograph with the person wearing a head covering or a hat is only acceptable if the covering or hat is worn specifically due to that person's religious beliefs, and even then, the hat or covering cannot obscure any portion of the face. A photograph of a person wearing tribal, military, airline, or other headgear not specifically religious in nature will not be accepted.
Do not send group or family photos. A separate photo is required for every family member.
You have the option to submit hardcopy photographs or electronic photographs.
To submit photos electronically:
After you complete an online application or after you mail a hardcopy version of your application, you can login to your online account. Follow the instructions provided there to upload your photos. In addition to the requirements described above, all electronic photos must conform to the following specifications:
The image must be in the 'Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) File Interchange Format (JFIF)' format.
The image must be in color. Black and white, monochrome, or grayscale images will not be accepted.
Digital images from either a digital camera source or a scanned photograph via scanner will be accepted.
If a new digital photograph is taken, it must have a resolution of 600 pixels wide by 600 pixels high and a color depth of 24-bit color.
If a photographic print is scanned, the print must be 4 inches by 4 inches (10 cm x 10 cm) square. It must be scanned at a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) and with a color depth of 24-bit color.
The maximum image size accepted will be 240,000 bytes (240 Kb).
Electronic photographs should appear as follows:
To submit hardcopy photos:
After you complete an online application or after you mail a hardcopy version of the application, you can mail one photograph for each family member included on your application. In addition to the requirements described above, please follow these guidelines:
Photographs must measure approximately 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm).
Photos must be in color.
Write the full name and date of birth of the person photographed behind the photo.
Use clear cellophane tape to attach the photos to the front or rear of the application. Do not use staples or glue!
Mail your application and photos to USA Green Card. We will scan and upload your photographs to complete your application.
Hardcopy photographs should appear as follows:
What is the processing fee?
The processing fee pays for the review and preparation of your registration.
The US Government does not charge an application fee. To review the accuracy of your application and correct any errors, USA Green Card charges a nominal fee to cover administrative and processing costs incurred in conjunction with the careful processing of every application. The fee for an individual application ranges from $50 USD to $200 USD, depending on the number of years for which you wish to register. The cost ranges from $75 USD to $300 USD for a married application.
How can I pay the processing fee?
The following forms of payment are accepted:
- Credit cards (MasterCard, Visa)
- Bank, international, and postal money orders
- Travelers cheques
- Personal checks (US only)
- International and cashier's cheques
- Cash (US dollars only)
- Western Union money transfers
- Google Checkout
- Direct bank transfers
We do not accept demand drafts or Euro cheques.
All payments must be in US dollars and payable to USA Green Card.
Do I need a credit card to apply?
No, you do not need a credit card to submit an application. You can pay the processing fee with a personal check (US only), money order, travelers cheques, international draft, or cash (US dollars).
How can I pay using Western Union?
To send payment by Western Union ('Quick Pay' service), please visit your nearest Western Union office and complete the BLUE PAYMENT FORM with the following information:
(A) COMPANY NAME: USA Green Card
(B) COMPANY/CITY CODE: UGC MA
(C) ACCOUNT/REFERENCE NUMBER: [Your User Name]
Your First Name, Last Name, Address, and Telephone Number are also important and should be included on your payment form.
Important! The CODE to which the payment is sent MUST be entered exactly as UGC MA. Please verify that the Western Union operator has entered the code exactly as indicated here: UGC MA. NO OTHER CODES ARE ACCEPTABLE.
After you have made the payment, Western Union will issue a unique transaction identification number known as the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN). This is your confirmation.
Is the processing fee refundable?
Refunds are allowed within 30 days of date of purchase, less a 30% cancellation fee. If you submit an application and we determine that you are not eligible to participate in the Green Card Lottery, we will refund your processing fee.
USA Green Card cannot guarantee that your application will be successful. If you are not selected, your processing fee is not refundable. However, we use our experience and knowledge to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed. We carefully satisfy the numerous technical requirements associated with the format and content of every application. The slightest mistake will disqualify your entry. Using our services ensures that your application is prepared correctly!
REFUNDS ARE NOT HONORED AFTER 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE.
What additional information do I send?
The only information that is necessary to participate in the Green Card Lottery is the information that is requested on the Lottery application form and your photographs.
Do not send copies of your birth certificate, passport, resume, curriculum vitae, education or training certificates, etc.
If your entry is selected in the Lottery, you will be contacted by the US Government and will be required to complete additional paperwork. At that time, you will be asked to provide evidence of your country of birth, education, training, etc.
Which children should I include?
On your Green Card Lottery application you must include all unmarried children who are under the age of 21. List all natural children, spouse’s children from a previous marriage, and adopted children.
Do not include married children or children over the age of 21.
How many entries can I submit?
An individual is allowed only one entry per year. You will be disqualified if you submit more than one entry. However, a husband and wife may each submit separate applications. This doubles your odds of successfully participating the Lottery.
How do I know the status of my application?
You can check your application status online at any time.
After completing your application online, you will be provided with a user name and password that you can use to access your account. You will be able to view your application details and check the status of your application online.
In addition, USA Green Card contacts you when we receive your application to let you know if it is compete or if any problems exist. We also notify you when your Lottery entry is formally submitted to the US Government for participation in the Green Card Lottery.
Will participation affect my visa status?
You can enter the Green Card Lottery even if you have petitions pending, such as a relative's or employer's petition for work permits, visas, etc. Entering the Lottery does not adversely affect current or past petitions and does not jeopardize your current US visa status. The information you provide on the Lottery application remains confidential and will not be shared with other government offices or agencies. Your participation in the Lottery will not negatively affect any future visa petitions. Participating in the Lottery involves zero risk.
How will I know if I am successful?
Applicants whose applications are randomly selected from among all qualified entries will be notified by email by USA Green Card. This notification normally occurs within 6 months of the close of the Lottery program. Together with this notification, further instructions will be provided on how to proceed, including information on fees connected with the immigration process.
If I am not successful will I be notified?
Yes. All applicants will be notified.
Where can I find a list of successful applicants?
The US Government does not publish a list of successful program participants. No government office, agency, or web site will have such a list available. The only way to learn if your application is successful is by receiving a notice letter.
Can successful applicants adjust their visa status?
Yes, provided they are otherwise eligible to adjust status under the terms of Section 245 of the INA, selected applicants who are physically present in the United States may apply to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for adjustment of status to permanent resident.
Must I be married or have children to apply?
You do not need to be married or have children to submit an application to the Green Card Lottery.
I am married; can I submit two applications?
Yes. If you and your spouse are both qualified to participate in the program, you can each complete a separate registration. This doubles your odds of successfully participating in the program.
Is there a minimum age limit?
There is no minimum age to apply. However, you must satisfy the general and education/training requirements.
Can I participate if I am in the US?
Yes. An applicant may be in the United States or in another country, and the entry may be mailed from the US or from abroad.
Can I email or fax my application?
Yes! You can email (Lottery@USA-Green-Card.com) or fax (+617.249.0610) your application to us. Photos can be emailed or sent by regular mail. We cannot accept faxed photos.
Can I submit by express delivery?
Yes. If you wish to send your application by courier or express/overnight delivery please use the following street address:
USA Green Card
207 Massachusetts Avenue, #231117
Boston, MA 02123-1117
Why should I use USA Green Card?
The application process is complex.Lottery requirements are subject to change.Application procedures can be confusing and difficult to understand.Applications must conform to rigorous format, content, and mailing standards.The US government accepts applications only during short periods.Applications sent from foreign countries can be delayed or lost.
Every year, millions of applications are disqualified because applicants do not satisfy eligibility requirements, applications contain errors or omissions, or applications arrive too early or too late.
USA Green Card will professionally prepare your application so that it meets all current requirements, is properly formatted, contains all required information, and is submitted during the appropriate entry period. With USA Green Card, your application will qualify for the Lottery. Allowing us to help you with your application is one of the wisest investments you can make in your future!
Do not risk your valuable opportunity to successfully participate in the Lottery. Apply today!
What does USA Green Card do for me?
USA Green Card makes registration easy!
USA Green Card offers peace of mind through professional Lottery application assistance. We will:Verify your eligibility for participation.Review your application for completeness and accuracy.Notify you of any errors that must be corrected.Advise you on how best to resolve any problems.Process your application for submission to the Lottery.Update you on any and all Lottery news and developments.Give you access to your application file online so that you can check the status of your application, view your information, or edit your application 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Submit your application to the US Government according to strict guidelines.Certify that your application was submitted to the Lottery.Provide you with Lottery information and updates even after the Lottery drawing.
No other Lottery service offers this level of service or as many benefits as USA Green Card. Only we can provide you with the professionalism and trust you expect. Register for the Green Card Lottery today!