Immigration’s Yearly DV Lottery Registration a/k/a “Permanent Resident/Green Card Lottery”

For those that are interested in participating in the DV-20XX Diversity Visa Lottery, online registration is taking place on or around October each year (at noon, Eastern Standard Time) until on or around November 30 (noon, EST). If you are interested in applying for the Green Card lottery, applicants must use Form DS-5501, which is an Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, available online only during this registration period.

As with all forms and applications required by the U.S. government, it is recommended that an immigration attorney be used in order to speed up the process and ensure accuracy when filing. Green Card lottery applications that are filled out incorrectly, inaccurately or incomplete, will not be accepted and thrown out. Accuracy is of the utmost importance since the registration period is only open until on or around November 30 of each year.
What is the DV Lottery?

A Green Card is a much sought after permit in the United States, which allows non-U.S. residents the legal right to work. The U.S. Congress mandated a program called the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which gives out 50,000 green cards annually. Winners are selected randomly from among those who have registered in the Diversity Visa Program during the open registration period. Eligible applicants must meet strict eligibility requirements and come from countries that normally have what the U.S. considers a low immigration rate to the United States. Examples of countries that are left out due to high immigration rates are:

• Canada and Mexico
• China Brazil, Peru and Colombia
• United Kingdom (Except for Northern Ireland)
• Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea
• Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti
• India and Pakistan
• Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala
• Poland

There are several other qualifications that must be met in order to be eligible for the Green Card lottery. An immigration attorney can ensure that the requirements are met giving you an outstanding chance of winning a U.S. Green Card.



If you would like to speak with an experienced attorney, please contact the Ibrahim Law Group at (201) 781-7800 to arrange a free consultation. We defend individuals throughout NJ, including Passaic County, Hudson County, Union County, Essex County, Bergen County, Morris County and Jersey City.

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