There are many ways to legally immigrate to the United States, but only one of them depends completely on luck: the congressionally mandated visa lottery, which offers 50,000 green cards to people from certain countries.
Online registration for the DV 2015 Program will conclude on November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon.
Only one application is allowed per person (if you apply more than once you will be disqualified)
Winners will be selected randomly by computer
There is no fee to apply
The only way to officially apply for the Visa Lottery is to apply online at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/
You need to have at least a high school education or its equivalent; or have worked two of the last five years in a job that required at least two years of training
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is open to countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Citizens from countries with already high rates of immigration such as Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam are not eligible to apply. However, if you were not born in an eligible country, but your spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth, provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa application is free of charge, and you do not need to hire an immigration attorney in order to apply. However, if you are selected as a “winner”, you may want to consider hiring an immigration attorney to move your paperwork through the system in a timely manner.
E. Adriana Kostencki, Esq.
Attorney at Law Licensed in Florida, U.S.A. and Venezuela