Those of you that are looking to immigrate to America and get in on the Green Card Lottery may be surprised to discover the overwhelming number of individuals that attempt to immigrate every year. In fact, well over five million individuals are looking to come to America and obtain their green card. Why? The plain and simple truth is that America has so much to offer in the way of opportunities. Yet, of the five million plus people that try to get into America legally, only a little over 2 percent of the people that try to get into America become eligible to participate in the Green Card Lottery, also known as the DV Lottery.
Many individuals dream about coming to America, finding work, and establishing a life of independence. Yet, in order to obtain the American dream, they are going to have to work through a lot of red tape. What’s worse is that many honest, hardworking people, looking to get into the United States via honest, US immigration practices never even get an opportunity to enter into the DV Lottery. The primary problems that arise include improper documentation, unacceptable photographic submissions, and/or a complete and utter failure to meet the demands set forth by the United States Department of State. Even worse are situations that involve an individual being declined because of the country in which they were born: some people cannot enter into the Visa Lottery simply because they originate from a country that has been barred from participation.
To conquer such issues, it is imperative to ensure that you are qualified to participate. You may be surprised to realize what areas of the world are banned from participating in the DV lottery. The list of countries that are not allowed to participate changes from year to year, but countries that have been on the banned list for many years include Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. People born in any of these regions are usually ineligible to participate in the DV Lottery. (Remember to obtain the latest list of qualified countries to check what regions are currently eligible for the Green Card Lottery.)
Exceptions to the country of origin requirement do exist! If a lottery applicant’s spouse (husband or wife) or parent (mother or father), or spouse’s parent was born in any of the qualified countries, then the applicant can claim that qualified country in order to participate in the Green Card Lottery.
So apart from satisfying the country of origin requirement, what else does it take to qualify? How can one take advantage of the Green Card Lottery opportunity? First, as already described, an individual must have been born in a region that is eligible (or at least be able to claim a country that is eligible). Second, in terms of one’s education, one must have completed high school or one must have earned the equivalent of a high school education. Completion of a secondary school education is generally sufficient, but if the applicant did not complete this, he/she can still qualify to participate in the DV Lottery with a minimum of 2 years of work experience and this experience must have occurred within the last 5 years. Essentially, while there are a number of requirements to meet before one is eligible to participate, if the requirements are met, the individual is one step closer to entry in the DV Lottery and to obtaining a United States visa.
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