TIPS ON APPLYING FOR THE U.S. GREEN CARD LOTTERY

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE U.S. GREEN CARD LOTTERY

- If You Are Not From The UK That Is.

 (Sorry not avail to UK passport holders*)


Diversity Lottery Tips and eligibility:

LOTTERY REQUIREMENT #1

You must be from an eligible country. The following countries are NOT eligible:

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.

LOTTERY REQUIREMENT #2

You must meet the following educational requirements:

1. A high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of
formal elementary and secondary education;

OR

2. Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.

TIPS

1. Don't Cheat The System: The State Department uses advanced software to detect multiple lottery entries, and you will be automatically disqualified if you enter more than once.

2. Double Check Your Entry: Even minor typos on critical information, such as the spelling of your name, can result in disqualification. Make sure you enter everything completely and correctly.

3. Consider Your Nationality Options: If you do not reside in a qualifying country, you may be eligible based on your country of birth, your spouse's nationality, or your parents' nationality. Read the full instructions for more information.

4. Don't Forget to Follow Up: The 2016 lottery winners will be published in May of 2015. The only way to see if you won is to check your entrant status here. You will not be contacted by the government.

5. Don't Get Scammed: You should not be paying anyone to help you enter the lottery. Be wary of any "expert" who isn't a qualified immigration attorney--especially if it sounds too good to be true.


Here is the reason the UK was not chosen as one of the countries this year: from the USA.gov website.

"Applicants from the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) were not eligible to apply for the 2013 Diversity Visa program. The list of countries that were eligible are listed in the program instructions.
The Diversity Visa program makes up to 55,000 visas available to people who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The online registration period for the 2014 program should open in fall 2012.

Learn more about the Diversity Visa program.


A great article from @bbcamerica 

How to Get a U.S. Green Card: 10 Things to Know


A green card lasts ten years even though it says “permanent” on the actual card. (AP Photo/Khue Bui)
When most Brits first visit the U.S., they are content to sign the visa waiver form handed out on the airplane. Work visas are enough for thousands of others sent to America by their U.K. employers – or tempted across by U.S. firms or universities.
But for those with longer ambitions, the holy grail is the Green Card, which you keep even if you lose your American job. It’s the size of a credit card, off-white on the front and with no more than a green tinge on the back, carrying a photo of the holder and routine information such as name, date of birth – and renewal date. Like a credit card, it has a band on the back containing computer-coded information.
Although their holders are known as Lawful Permanent Residents, Green Cards are not forever. They are renewable every ten years, which seems plenty at first, and they can be withdrawn – commonly for committing a serious crime, later discovery that the application was fraudulent or concealed important information, or being out of the U.S. for more than 180 days in a 12-month period. On the last point, you can return if the circumstances were beyond your control. (Read on....)

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