As we know, every year the government of the United States distributes a number of Green Cards. This allows immigrants to get the American citizenship, so that they can live and grow professionally in the United States.
Details About the Lottery
- How many Green Cards are given?
Every fiscal year 50,000 diversity visas are distributed.
The whole process starts in October and finishes in November each year.
In May the following year, the list of winners is ready and people start receiving their Green Cards. Finally, in September, the whole process ends so the winners can go to the United States.
- Who can’t apply for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program?
People from countries that already have a high number of immigrants in the United States are excluded from this program, e.g. England, China and India.
The list is subject to change. A country may appear on it one year and be removed the following one.
Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic were not included last year.
Important: under no circumstances can undocumented individuals participate.
- Is it for free?
Yes. You don’t have to pay to participate in the program. However, if you win, you’ll have to pay the usual fee for getting a visa.
The number of visas is divided into six geographical zones. Africa receives more than the other ones as it is the area with fewer immigrants in the United States. No country can get more than 7% of all visas available.
It’s estimated that, in Latin America, for every winner there are at least 99 people who were not lucky.
- How can I participate and how will I know if I won?
After you’ve registered, you’ll see a number. Print it and keep it. From May of the following year on, you can check the number on the list.
You’ll never be notified by e-mail. If you get one, it’s false. Don’t pay anything a