Every year, millions of people apply for lawful permanent residence to the US through the DV Lottery. 55,000 lucky persons will get green cards.
The Trump Administration terminated the DV Lottery for persons outside the U.S.
However, on September 4, 2020, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to temporarily resume issuing diversity visas to immigrants through the lottery system.
“To be clear, there is no statutory requirement that every available diversity visa be issued each year. ” U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta wrote in in his decision. “But that does not mean that the State Department could effectively extinguish the diversity program for a given year by simply sitting on its hands and letting all pending diversity visa applications time out.”
Read the instructions carefully and apply for a green card through the link below. It is not necessary to pay either an immigration attorney or the State Department in order to apply. However, if you are selected as a “winner”, you definitely want to consider hiring a top immigration attorney to move your paperwork through the system in a timely manner.
For example, if you are eligible to adjust your status in the United States, the State Department Visa Bulletin provides advance notification of DV Lottery cut-off numbers. This enables lottery winners to apply for adjustment of status before their visa lottery numbers become current.
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Adjustment of Status
In order to adjust status under the DV Program, you must establish that you:
Have been selected for a diversity visa by DOS’s lottery;
Have an immigrant visa immediately available at the time of filing an adjustment application (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status); and are admissible to the United States.
Submit the following evidence with your Form I-485:
- Two passport-style photos
- Copy of birth certificate
- Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
- Copy of passport page with nonimmigrant visa (if applicable)
- Copy of passport page with admission (entry) or parole stamp (if applicable)
- Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record
- Certified copies of court records (if the individual has been arrested)
- Copy of the principal applicant’s selection letter for the diversity visa lottery from DOS
- Copy of the receipt from DOS for the diversity visa lottery processing fee
- Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (if applicable)
- Applicable fees
Applying of an Immigrant Visa Abroad
For visa availability, check the latest month’s DOS Visa Bulletin. Section B contains a chart showing the current month’s visa availability in the Diversity Immigrant category. The chart shows when the Diversity Immigrant cut-off is met. When the cut-off is met, visas will be available in that month for the applicants with Diversity Immigrant lottery rank numbers below the specified cut-off numbers for their geographic areas.
Section C contains a chart showing the Diversity Immigrant category rank cut-offs for the following month, which represents the advance notification of Diversity Immigrant visa availability. As soon as a monthly Visa Bulletin is published, anyone with a lower rank number than the rank cut-off number shown in Section C is eligible to file for adjustment of status. This provides lottery winners the opportunity to file for adjustment of status up to six or seven weeks before a visa number can actually be allocated. This gives USCIS additional time to determine your eligibility for adjustment of status before the end of the fiscal year.
A Diversity Immigrant-based adjustment application cannot be adjudicated until a visa can be allocated, as indicated in the Visa Bulletin’s current Diversity Immigrant rank cut-offs for a particular month.
|Natives from the Following Countries are Excluded
|Bangladesh||Brazil||Canada||China (mainland only)||Colombia|
|Dominican Republic||El Salvador||Guatemala||Haiti||India|
|South Korea||United Kingdom
(except Northern Ireland)
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible to apply for this year’s DV Lottery.
DV LOTTERY INFORMATION
- Check Whether You Were Selected in the DV-2021 Green Card Lottery
- Apply for the DV-2021 Green Card Lottery Online
- DV-2021 Green Card Lottery Instructions (18 Pages)
- Diversity Visa Program Statistics
- Check Your Status Online
SUCCESS STORY – DV Lottery
Of the 55,000 Green Card Lottery winners, approximately 20,000 will be persons born in Europe and another 20,000 will be persons born in Africa. The other 15,000 winners will be from Asia, Latin America or from other countries around the world.
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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