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What is a green card?

A green card is a US permanent residence
visa. It allows you to live and work permanently
and legally in the United States

What rights does a green card give me?

A green card gives you the legal right to live and work permanently in the United States and to enter and leave the country freely. Green card holders also receive health, education, and other benefits. The green card does not affect present citizenship. A green card holder may later apply for United States citizenship, if desired.

What is the Green Card Program?

The Green Card Program is officially known as the "Diversity Immigrant Visa Program" and is administered by the US Department of State. It was created by an act of Congress, the Immigration Act of 1990. The program allocates a specified number of diversity visas (green cards) to applicants from certain countries. Successful participants of the Program are chosen in a random drawing.

Why is the Program held?

he Green Card Program is intended to
increase the diversity of the US population.
Natives of countries with historically low
immigration rates into the US are encouraged to
participate.

How does the Program work?

Program entries are accepted during a brief
window period lasting approximately 1 month.
Entries that do not meet the requirements, are
not prepared correctly, or are not delivered
during the 1-month window period are discarded
and not included in the program. The US State
Department selects approximately 100,000 names
and notifications are mailed to the successful
applicants. The first 50,000 people who register
and qualify will receive several forms to
complete and will have a brief interview at the
nearest US embassy or consulate before receiving
their visas. Additional family members listed on
successful applicant's entry forms will also
receive visas. Visa applicants residing in the
United States may be able to receive their visas
without leaving the United States.

How many visas are
available?

By law, the Diversity Immigrant Program makes
available a maximum of 55,000 permanent
residence visas each year to eligible persons.
However, the Nicaraguan and Central American
Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in
November 1997 stipulates that beginning as early
as DV-1999, and for as long as necessary, 5,000
of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas
will be made available for use under the NCARA
program. The actual reduction of the limit to
50,000 began with DV-2000 and remains in effect.

Do I qualify to enter the Program?

You qualify to participate in the Program if you can claim nativity in an eligible country. You must also satisfy education/training requirements. Please read the 

What countries can participate?

Persons from ALL COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD ARE ELIGIBLE to participate in the Green Card Program, EXCEPT persons born in the following countries:

BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland, except Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GREAT BRITAIN (and its dependent territories*, except Northern Ireland), GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, PERU, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA and VIETNAM.

*The following dependent areas of Great Britain are not eligible to participate in the Program: Anguila, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

You may still qualify to participate in the Program even if you were born in one of the ineligible countries listed above. There are 2 exceptions:

If your spouse was born in an eligible
country, then you can claim your spouse's
country of birth.
If one of your parents was born in an
eligible country, then you can claim your
parent's country of birth.

A short statement explaining how you satisfy
this exception must be included on your
application.

Why does my country not qualify?

Diversity visas are intended to provide an
immigration opportunity for persons from
countries other than the countries that send
large numbers of immigrants to the United
States. The law states that no diversity visas
shall be provided for high admission countries.
Those are countries from which during the
previous 5 years there were more than 50,000
immigrants in the Family-Sponsored and
Employment-Based visa categories. Each year, US
Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) adds
the family and employment immigrant admission
figures for the previous 5 years to identify the
countries that must be excluded from the annual
Green Card Program. Because there is a separate
determination made before each Program
application period, the list of countries that
do not qualify can change from one year to the
next.

 
  Sample of Green Card Visa
 
 
Sample ofWinning Document
 
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