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                           Obtain a US Green Card without any form of sponsorship

       By USA Diversity Lottery
       Dated: Feb 11, 2009

       One way in which SOME people can obtain a US Green Card without any form of sponsorship is to
       participate in the US Visa Lottery which is held each year. This is a lottery where applications from all
       over the world are considered for a Green Card.

       One way in which SOME people can obtain a Green Card without any form of sponsorship is to participate
       in the Visa Lottery which is held each year. Between October 2 and December 2, 2009 the US State
       Department have in effect the 2009 Diversity Visa (DV2011) Lottery program. This is a lottery where
       applications from all over the world are received so that the applicants can be considered for a Green Card.
       Not everyone in the world is eligible. Only those from traditionally low visa requesting countries may
       apply. Not every who applies is selected and not everyone who is selected obtains a Green Card. The Visa
       Lottery has strict exclusions for some countries and specific requirements that must be fulfilled by the
       recipients.

        Eligible Countries
        Countries with traditionally high volumes of visa applicants are NOT eligible to apply. Thus, high volume
       visa applicants from the countries listed in this paragraph are NOT permitted to apply. Everyone else in the
       world not mentioned can apply. So, people from the near Caribbean such as Dominican Republic, Haiti and
       Jamaica are NOT eligible to apply. People from the following South and Central American Countries are
       also NOT eligible to apply: Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. In
       addition, some nationals from Asia such as those from the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam are not
       permitted to apply either. Also people from the United Kingdom are NOT permitted to apply, but people
       from Northern Ireland ARE permitted to apply. Also, if you are from one of the excluded countries
       mentioned above, but you are the lawful spouse of someone who is eligible to apply, you can claim the
       nationality of the eligible spouse so long as, if selected, both of you apply for the Green Card at the same
       time and enter the US simultaneously.

        How to apply for the DV2011 green card lottery
        So, if you happen to be from a country that is permitted to apply for the Visa Lottery, what should you do?
       You apply on line at http://www.usadiversitylottery.com. The application does require a small fee and
       requires that the applicant complete all the biographical information such as name, dates of birth, country of
       origin/birth (or nationality), address, etc. Also, the applicant must provide or upload an electronic/digital
       photograph to include with the application. The digital photograph requirements are very strict. The
       photograph must have been taken within the last six (6) months and must be similar to a passport
       photograph, customarily 2 inches high by 2 inches wide of the head and shoulders, no jewelry, and straight
       faced, each applicant can include the names of immediate family members which are limited to a spouse
       and all biological or legally adopted children under the age of 21.

        DV2011 green card lottery requirements
        The DV2011 lottery program only allows one submission per person, but a husband and wife can each
       submit a separate application and include the other as an immediate family member. Of the millions of
       applications submitted each year, only approximately 55,000 are selected each year. Of the 55,000,
       approximately 5000 are allocated to other visa programs and the remaining 50,000 are notified that they
       were selected or are visa lottery winners. Once selected, the applicant has a specific and limited time in
       which to submit a properly completed visa application or, if in the United States, an adjustment of status
       application. If the applicant is in the United States, s/he is only eligible to adjust status if there has been NO


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lapse in status. That is, when applying for the Green Card, s/he must be in a valid immigration status,
usually with an unexpired I-94 arrival record. If the immigration status has expired, then even if selected for
the DV2011 lottery, the application will be denied!

 Other requirements for the Green Card application are standard regardless if it is for the lottery or through
any other means. A DV2011 Lottery recipient must not have a serious criminal background otherwise s/he
will be disqualified from the application process. Simple fraud crimes such as shoplifting to big things such
as drug possession can disqualify an applicant. Also, unlike the regular Green Card requirements, the
DV2011 Lottery applicant must have completed high school and must produce a high school diploma or
equivalent when submitting his or her visa or adjustment of status application. Improperly completing the
lottery application, omitting requested information, or not uploading a photograph, will also result in the
applicant’s disqualification.

 Once selected if the applicant has no stumbling blocks in the application process, s/he can obtain an
Immigrant visa if outside the US or can adjust status if physically in the US. The applicant’s family can join
and simultaneously enter the US; however, if the applicant is in the US, s/he can then file a petition to have
his or her family join him in the US once he has been approved for the Green Card. This process may take a
year or more if family members are overseas while the principal applicant is in the US.

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The USA Diversity Lottery service was set up to provide information about the US Diversity Visa Lottery
Program and assist individuals with preparation of their Green Card Lottery application forms.

Category           Legal, Government, Business
Tags               Green, card, lottery, USA, diversity, lottery, immigration
Email              Click to email author
Address            9918 Turtle Bay Court
State/Province     Florida
Zip                32832
Country            United States




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