Green card lottery – what is this?
Green card lottery, also know as Diversity Immigration visa program, was established with the “Immigration act of 1990” in 1995. The first green card lottery run happened in 1995 and still going on every fiscal year.
This visa program has 55,000 available immigration visas for a families what are selected as a lottery winner. Since 1999 this amount was divided between NACARA program (5,000 visas) and the rest of countries with 50,000 visas yearly.
The idea of the Green Card lottery is to allow the immigration from countries with a low immigration rates. The important side is if any country (excluding NACARA countries) receive 50,001 immigration visas in last 5 year, so this country is going to be excluded from the next year draw. The DV-2015 has excluded Nigeria from the eligible list of countries, even so Nigeria had always reserved visas through the NACARA immigration program.
The DV immigration program was designed as a lottery where applicants are chosen randomly from the pool of millions of people from all over the world. Before 2004 all foreigners had to send all applications, what were written in the paper with a photo, over regular mail. Since 2004 USCIS developed an electronic version of the Green Card lottery where applicants could fill forms online and upload digital photo as well.
As I mentioned the green card lottery application can be filled only online and this can be done through this web page dvlottery.state.gov only. This is an official DV lottery page and all other web sites are not related to the Green Card lottery at all. Mostly these web sites earn money on people who does not the information what is provided here at the Green Card Guide web site.
DO NOT TRUST
If you see following invitations and phrases at web sites:
- Apply for a Green Card
- Check if you qualify for green card
- Green Card Online Registration
- Winning a Green Card Through our site
- US GREEN CARD Lottery Registration and Information Center
- Register US Green Card lottery application
just run from them, because they collect your personal information and nobody knows how they are going to use it against you. There is only one web site where you can apply for the lottery and this site a american government site – http://dvlottery.state.gov