Facts about the American Diversity Visa Lottery Program.
U.S State Department used to operate this American diversity visa lottery program every year to maintain the diversity of its people.
It is requested by them as only the eligible people should only participate in this draw to check their luck. Each eligible person is allowed to submit only one entry in this name selection draw in any given year, till they are getting selected as winners.
Winning in the program does not give away the America entry permit, but will allow you to apply for it through the normal application process and on the day of the interview you have to proof your eligibility to the authorities to get the entry permit.
Applicant’s eligibility is based on their birth country and not given according to their present citizenship or PR status.
A person born in an ineligible country can participate in this program claiming his/her eligible spouse country. If selected as winner, both of them must immigrate together.
You can’t transfer your winnings to another person under this draw.
Winners are requested to proceed with their winning through the online DS-260 application form.
All the winners must provide an Affidavit of support through I-134 form and the winners in the USA will be requested to provide it through the I-864 form.
Applying for the draw is free although you will have to pay a processing fee of US$ 330 on the day of your interview, if you are selected as a winner.
The fee is not refundable one and if the visa is refused for any given reason the visa fees will not be refunded to the applicant.
If you are issued with the visas then you will have to pay another payment of US$ 165 as USCIS processing fee through their online facility before you depart to the USA. You can pay that amount while you are staying in the USA.
If the winner is deceased, his dependents will not be allowed to continue with the selection result.
If both the husband and wife are winners in the same year program, then the most qualified person must continue with the winning and the other person must stop the processing.
You can apply to the next coming program, if you are having high case number from the last year draw.
Participating in the draw will not interfere with your other American entry permit applications.
There is no need to be fluent in English language, to participate in the draw.
The American Government will not provide air tickets, housing, travel expenses or other facilities to the winners and those who came to the USA under this program.
The program will be available only through the internet; once the applicant feeds the required data he will be issued with a confirmation number that will work as password to check their results online in the coming year.
There is NO Canada visa lottery, UK visa lottery or Australia visa lottery programs run by the respective Governments.
Facts related to the green card identity document
Green-card issued by the Government doesn’t come in green color.
Conditions will apply to maintain the validity of the document.
Its validity is normally for 10 years only and this should be re-validated after the mentioned period.
Doesn’t give you the power equal to the U.S citizenship, but you can apply for it in a later period.
You are not allowed to vote in the elections.
Last held program name was DV-2016, and the results are now available from the month of May. Also visa processing is also going on under this program. It will last till 30th September next year.
The current official program is called as DV-2017. It is now accepting entries from eligible people and will continue till November 3rd.
Total available visa in a year : 50,000
Total Available visas for a country: 3,500