GREEN CARD LOTTERY - USA
WIN one of 50,000 USA Green Cards that are given away each year through the official lottery program
History of the Green Card Lottery Program
The diversity visa lottery to win green cards was a program by which a category of immigrants from underrepresented countries and those adversely effected by the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (P.L. 89-236) were to receive a special immigration benefit. In 1986 the United States Congress attempted to assist recently disadvantaged immigrants with an emphasis on persons from the Irish Isles obtain some special way to immigrate and receive a green card to the United States. The sponsors of the Legislation, (among them prominent Irish-American members of Congress) devised a lottery program that would grant green cards to persons from otherwise underrepresented countries. Since that initial program, changes have been made. The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is also known as the Diversity Lottery program or the Green Card Lottery. It is administered on an annual basis by the U.S. Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203© of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as diversity immigrants (DV immigrants).
Green Card Lottery entrants (you) must include a passport-style digital photograph and separate digital photographs of any spouse and children under 21 years of age. Group photographs are not allowed. Check with the State Department for technical requirements of the digital photograph.
Paper entries or mail-in requests will NOT be accepted.
Entrants may submit ONLY ONE application during any particular Green Card lottery year; those who submit more than one entry will be disqualified. No Exceptions !!
Spouses may submit separate entries, however, if each meets the eligibility requirements. If only one spouse is selected, the other may enter the country on the Green Card of the winning spouse.