U.S. Immigration and Green Card FAQ
At American GC Services in Boca Raton, Florida, we help you make informed decisions by providing important information about the American Green Card Lottery program.
This section gives you answers to the questions most frequently asked by our clients. We have organized the questions into several topics. You will notice that the questions range from basic general questions on what the Green Card Lottery is all about, to specific questions regarding our application review service.
We recommend that you review this section before contacting us. If there are questions that are not listed here or that need more clarification, you are always welcome to get in touch with us!
Part #1: General Green Card Questions
What is the Green Card Lottery?
50,000 permanent resident cards are made available each year through the American Green Card Lottery (also known as the Diversity Visa or DV Lottery). It is an official U.S. government program that gives foreign nationals a shot at legally living and working in America.
When does one submit a Green Card Lottery entry?
Each year, the U.S. government announces the specific dates when qualified individuals can submit their Green Card Lottery application. It usually occurs at the end of the year for a 30-day period. The advantage of using an application service provider like American GC Services is that you can register at any time of the year and we will submit the entry when the date is announced.
How many people are selected in the Green Card Lottery?
100,000 entries are randomly selected from the pool of applications via a computer program. Each Green Card Lottery winner is given a reference number. Winners must complete specific Green Card applications, go through a security check, and receive a medical exam before being approved for a Green Card. The process can take up to a year, and out of the initial 100,000 selected entries, 50,000 will be granted the Green Card.
Part #2: Green Card Lottery Requirements
Who can participate in the Lottery?
Besides having a high school education or two years of work experience, a person must also be a native of a qualifying Green Card Lottery country to participate in the Diversity Visa program.
How do I know if I am a native of a Green Card Lottery eligible country?
American GC Services offers a free eligibility test to find out if you qualify for the DV Lottery. Usually, countries that send less than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. within a 5-year period are Green Card Lottery eligible countries.
Is there a way to participate in the Green Card Lottery if I am not a native of a qualifying country?
Yes. If your parents were born in eligible countries, but are not residents of your country of birth, then you can apply for the American Green Card Lottery if you also meet the educational or work experience requirement. For example, your parents, because of their jobs, may have temporarily lived in the ineligible country where you were born, so you can use their native country for the Green Card Lottery (known as “nativity”).