How to participate in the Green Card Lottery, the lottery for living in the USA

Also this year for those who dream of living in America, the possibility of participate in the Green Card Lottery, the lottery that gives you the opportunity to work and live regularly in the United States. The lottery is also known as the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery, or abbreviated Diversity Visa Lottery (DV).

Each year through this lottery around 55.000 Green Card. The total number of Green Cards up for grabs is divided between the six geographical areas of the world. A larger number is assigned to Africa, as it is the area with the fewest immigrants in the United States. No country can obtain more than 7% of the total visas available.

The Green Card allows you to become American citizens after a certain number of years, provided that a series of duties and requirements are met, which vary from case to case.

How much does it cost to participate and register

The inscription is completely free. There is no need to pay any company or agency, as each applicant can apply for himself, once a year, on the only official page - that of the United States Department of State.

There are agencies online that require payment for participation, but it is advisable to do everything on the official site where there is nothing to pay. There compilation is very simple, therefore you can easily carry out the entire registration procedure by yourself.

In case your question is one of those extracted, you will only need to support the costs to prepare all documents, such as paying the immigration visa fee.

Who can participate in the Green Card

They can sign up and participate all Spanish citizens. Citizens of countries with more than 50.000 new immigrants to the United States in the past 5 years, such as England, China or India, are excluded from participation. The list of excluded countries can be changed from year to year.

How to sign up

You can participate in the lottery by registering Online only. No requests sent on paper will be accepted.

Il Official site of the Department of State of the United States of America where to register to participate in the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery for free is:

Very important: at the end of the registration you will see a number that you must print and save. Only with these data will you be able to check if you are one of the lucky winners.

When to sign up for the Green Card

Normally the registration deadlines are open in early October e closed in early November.

To participate in the next Green Card Lottery, namely the Diversity Visa 2023 (DV-2023), the registration period will start on Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 12:00, Eastern Daylight Time (18:00 pm in Spain) and ends Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 12:00, Eastern Standard Time (18:00 pm in Spain).

People who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.

When the extraction takes place

The draw takes place in May of the following year. The date on which the winners of the Diversity Visa 2023 (DV-2023) will be made official will be the8 Maggio 2022. To check if you are one of the winners, you must always enter the data received at the end of the registration on the official website. You will be able to check the outcome of the lottery Until 30 September 2022.

In addition to winning, you must be admitted to emigrate to the United States. If all the documents and requirements are valid, the American Embassy will issue a visa to travel to the USA. The Permanent Resident Card, or the Green Card (for the color of the card), will be delivered only upon arrival in the United States.

Which family members can accompany me

In the event of a win, the right to a visa is extended to the husband or wife. They can also emigrate i children of the winner, provided they were under 21 years of age at the time of completing the application.

Rights and duties for those with a Green Card

Among the main Rights those who win the Green Card have the opportunity to live and work in the United States, while among the Duties there are paying taxes or having a permanent residence in the United States.

How to participate in the Green Card Lottery, the lottery for living in the USA
How to participate in the Green Card, the lottery to live in the USA
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