(PRWEB) November 1, 2004
The Diversity Visa Lottery DV program, commonly known as Green Card Lottery, was first established in 1990 in order to diversify migration to the U.S. Countries whose citizens immigrate to the States in large numbers are not allowed to participate. Illegal immigrants already living in the United States are eligible to enter the Lottery. It allows up to 50,000 immigrant visas to be issued to those selected in the Green Card Lottery drawing. The winners' families are also given visas.
This year's ineligible countries are Russia, Great Britain, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. Each of the countries have sent more then 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years.
The requirements for the Green Card Lottery are simple.
Persons participating in the Lottery must be natives of the qualifying countries, (which in most cases means citizens of that country), and must possess either a high school education or its equivalent. Immigration law defines high school equivalent as two years of work experience, within the past 5 years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.
Only electronic lottery entries are accepted.
For the second year in a row the government will be accepting electronic lottery entries at: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ during the sixty-day period. At this web site, applicants will be asked to enter their information, organized in 14 fields, which includes information about spouses and children. Applicants must also submit digital photographs of themselves and their family members.
How Green Card Lottery applicants are selected and notified.
A computer generated lottery drawing is expected to take place sometime in the Spring of 2005, followed by official Green Card Lottery results being announced. Those selected will be notified by the Department of State, via the US Postal Service. After completion of government procedures, the winners will be issued immigrant visas.
For more information visit US Immigration News.
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