• Is there really a green card lottery?

    Q. 1. Is there really a green card lottery?

    A. Yes. In order to preserve the diversity of the population of the United States, every year 50,000 immigrant visas are given out based upon a random selection among entries of individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

  • When and how can I apply for lottery green card?

    Q. 2. When and how can I apply for lottery green card?

    A. The application period typically runs from October through December of each year. You must apply through an online registration with the Department of State. If you are a winner, you will be notified by mail. You will then be eligible to submit the application for permanent residence in the United States if you qualify.

  • If I am selected in the lottery, do I automatically get a green card?

    Q. 3. If I am selected in the lottery, do I automatically get a green card?

    A. No. Selection is just the first step in the process. More than the allowable 50,000 people are selected as winners each year as many registrants may not go forward with the process. As a result, each registrant is given a number. Your number must be current and your application for residency must be processed before the end of the fiscal year in order for your green card to be approved.

  • If I get a green card through the lottery, will my spouse and child be able to get one also?

    Q. 4. If I get a green card through the lottery, will my spouse and child be able to get one also?

    A. Yes. Spouses and children under age 21 may be eligile as derivatives if they otherwise qualify.

 

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