Home  News  Web Resources Free Advertising

 Home > DV-2002 > Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Table of Contents

  1. What is an American Green Card?
  2. What is the Green Card Lottery?
  3. Why this lottery is called DV-2002?
  4. How does the Visa Lottery work?
  5. Who is eligible to apply for the lottery?
  6. What are the education or work experience requirements?
  7. Nationals of which countries are excluded?
  8. If you are not eligible by birth is there any other way to enter the Diversity Program?
  9. How many applications I can submit?
  10. How long do you remain entitled to apply for Visas in the DV-2002 category?
  11. Do you have to re-apply every year for the lottery to be considered?
  12. Are both husbands and wives each able to submit a separate application?
  13. How old should you be to apply for the lottery?
  14. If you reside in the USA are you still eligible to apply?
  15. Are there any different requirements in the application procedure for this diversity visa registration compared to previous lottery registrations?
  16. What is the fee for entering the lottery?
  17. When do I register?
  18. What number of applicants will be registered?
  19. How do the Visas get apportioned?
  20. Can registered applicants adjust their status with the INS?
  21. Can green card lottery applicants apply for a waiver on any of the grounds of visa ineligibility?
  22.  Is it better to hand deliver or send the application by Registered or certified mail?
  23. Can you still apply if you are already registered for an immigrant visa in another Category?
  24. Where does the Lottery take place?
  25. If you win, how are you informed and what do you do?

 

What is an American Green Card?

An American ' Green Card' is a Permanent Residence Visa of the U.S.A. Holders of a Green Card are given the legal right to work and reside permanently in the United States. All Green Card holders are entitled to receive health, education, and  various other benefit entitlements.  As a Green Card winner, you can always apply for U.S. Citizenship at a later date. Ownership of a Green Card does not affect your present citizenship. Both you and your family could become winners if you don't delay and apply today.

Back to Top

What is the Green Card Lottery?

The United States has a program, called DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA LOTTERY (also known as GREEN CARD LOTTERY), making available each year by random selection 50,000 permanent residence visas (GREEN CARDS) to people from around the world.  The programs objective is to issue Green Cards to individuals born in countries which historically have low levels of immigration to the United States.

Back to Top

Why this lottery is called DV-2002?

This lottery is called "DV-2002" because visas will be issued during the Fiscal Year 2002.

Back to Top

How does the Visa Lottery work?

The Visa Lottery is run by the U.S. State Department. To enter the lottery, you must complete and file an application with the department.  The registration period for the DV2002 lottery is scheduled from October 2, 2000 to November 1, 2000.  After the registration period is over, the State Department will randomly select the "winners" by computer.  Entries that do not include all the required information will be rejected.

Back to Top

Who is eligible to apply for the lottery?

To apply, an applicant must be a native of an eligible country, they must also fulfil one of two criteria

1) To have a high school education or its equivalent; or  

2) Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience. If an applicant does not fulfil these requirements, they should not submit an entry to the Visa Lottery program.

Back to Top

What are the education or work experience requirements?

The law and regulations require that every applicant must fulfil one of two criteria :

1) To have a high school education or its equivalent. A "high school education or equivalent" is defined as successful completion of a twelve-year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States or successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to a high school education in the United States. Documentary proof of education or work experience should not be submitted with the lottery application, but must be presented to the consular officer at the time of immigrant visa application interview.


2) Or an applicant must have at least two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience. Qualifying work experience shall be based upon the most recent edition of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles published by the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor.

Back to Top

Nationals of which countries are excluded?

Persons born in the following countries are not eligible: China (mainland born and Macau), India, Pakistan,  Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, the United Kingdom and its dependent territories (Northern Ireland is eligible), Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica, El Salvador, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, and Northern Ireland are eligible to apply.  Natives of all other countries not mentioned above are eligible.

It is important to note that eligibility is based on place of birth not residence or citizenship. 

You may apply if you were born in a non-qualifying country,
and one of the following applies to you:

  • If you were born in an ineligible country but your spouse was not, you can claim your  spouse's country of birth instead of your own.
  • If you were born in a country where neither of your parents were born or resided at the time, you may be able to claim one of their countries.

Back to Top

If you are not eligible by birth is there any other way to enter the Diversity Program?

According to Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, if a person was born in an ineligible country but his/her spouse was born in an eligible country, such person can claim the spouse's country of birth rather than his/her own.  For example, a person born in an excluded country such as Canada may still apply if his or her spouse was born in a qualifying country.

Another option is that, if a person was born in an ineligible country, but neither of his/her parents was born there or resided there at the time of the birth, such person may be able to claim nativity in one of the parents' country of birth. For example, if one of your parents was born in Belgium and the other was born in Switzerland, and you were born in United Kingdom while they were visiting the United Kingdom, but had not established residency; you could claim Belgium or Switzerland as your qualifying country.

Back to Top

How many applications I can submit?

Each individual is limited to one application during each lottery. Submission of more than one application will disqualify the person from registration.  Submission of an application during one or more previous lottery has no effect on entitlement to participate in the DV-2002 lottery, however.

Back to Top

How long do you remain entitled to apply for Visas in the DV-2002 category?

Under the law, persons registered following this DV-2002 application period are entitled to apply for visa issuance ONLY DURING FISCAL YEAR 2002. There is no carry-over of benefit into another year for persons who are registered but who do not obtain visas during Fiscal Year-2002.

Back to Top

Do you have to re-apply every year for the lottery to be considered?

Yes. Your application will only be considered for the year/application period which you filed for and it will not be carried over for the following year.

 

Back to Top

Are both husbands and wives each able to submit a separate application?

A husband and wife may each submit a separate lottery application. If you receive a Green Card through the lottery, your spouse and unmarried children under 21 will also be entitled to get green cards at the same time as you. Unmarried children under 21 (born after September 30, 1980) may also be included on each of their parents' application forms. All children over 21 years of age (born after September 30, 1980) must file separate applications. By submitting separate applications for you and your spouse you are likely to double your chances of winning.

Back to Top

How old should you be to apply for the lottery?

Providing you fulfil the current criteria, there are no specific age requirements. Please take into account however, that the requirement of a  high school education or work experience for each principal applicant, at the time of visa issuance effectively disqualifies most prospective applicants  who are under age 18.

Back to Top

If you reside in the USA are you still eligible to apply?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply.  An application can be sent in from within the US or any other country.

Back to Top

Are there any different requirements in the application procedure for this diversity visa registration compared to previous lottery registrations?

There have been different requirements for DV registration. Each application must be signed by the principal applicant, and a recent photograph of the principal applicant must be attached to the application. The applicant's name must be printed on the back of the photograph.  The signature and photograph of only the principal applicant/s are required.  No signature or photograph is needed for the spouse (unless the spouse is making a separate application of their own) or child(ren) of a principal applicant.

Back to Top

What is the fee for entering the lottery?

The U.S. State Department does not have a fee to enter the Visa Lottery. You can send your application on your own during the one-month registration period.

Back to Top

When do I register?

The registration period for the next Green Card Lottery (DV2002) will be from October 2, 2000 to November 1, 2000.

Back to Top

What number of applicants will be registered?

There are 50,000 DV visas available for Fiscal Year 2002, but more than that number of individuals will be registered. A total of about 110,000 persons, both principal applicants and their spouses and children, will be registered. Since it is likely that some of the first 50,000 persons who are registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance. All applicants who are registered will be informed promptly of their place on the list.  Each month visas will be issued, according to registration lottery rank order, to those applicants who are ready for visa issuance during that month. Once all of the Fiscal Year 2002 visas have been issued, the program for the year will end. Registered applicants who wish to receive visas must be prepared to act promptly on their cases.

Back to Top

How do the Visas get apportioned?

The way in which the visas get apportioned is determined by the  INS.  They determine the DV regional limits for each year according to a formula, as specified in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Once the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has completed the calculations, the DV-2002 the regional visa limits will be announced.

Back to Top

Can registered applicants adjust their status with the INS?

Yes they can, provided they are otherwise eligible to adjust their status under the terms of Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Registered applicants who are physically present in the United States may apply to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for adjustment of status to permanent resident.  Applicants must ensure that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) can COMPLETE ACTION on their cases before September 30, 2002, since on that date registrations for the Fiscal Year 2002 DV- 2002 program terminate.

Back to Top

Can green card lottery applicants apply for a waiver on any of the grounds of visa ineligibility?

No. All applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility specified in the Immigration and Nationality act (INA) and there are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa ineligibility other than those generally provided in the act.

Back to Top

Is it better to hand deliver or send the application by Registered or certified mail?

NO. Applications must be sent by regular mail or air mail. Any applications submitted in a manner that requires special handling WILL NOT be considered. 

Back to Top

Can you still apply if you are already registered for an immigrant visa in another Category?

Yes, you can still apply under these conditions.

Back to Top

Where does the Lottery take place?

The Lottery takes place at The US Consular Center, Lexington.

Back to Top

If you win, how are you informed and what do you do?

From April 2001 the US Consular Center will notify thousands of people that they have won the opportunity to apply for a permanent resident visa allowing them to live and work in the U.S.A. Winners will be notified by mail during April 2001 and will be provided further instructions.  Applicants who have not been selected will NOT be notified.  U.S. embassies and consulates do not provide a list of successful applicants.  Anyone who does NOT receive a letter will know that his/her application has not been selected.

DV-2002 visas will be issued between October 1, 2001 and September 30, 2002. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements under U.S. law in order to be issued visas.

Back to Top

 

 


Copyright Bangla2000. All Rights Reserved.
About Us  |  Legal Notices  |  Contact for Advertisement