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The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a Green Card. It is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) 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). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Those born in any territory that has sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the US in the previous 5 years are ineligible to receive a diversity visa. For the 2006 program natives of the following territories are ineligible: Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam [1]. In addition to the countries listed here Poland is also not eligible for DV-2007. This is the only new country added to the non-eligible country list for DV-2007. (Natives of Poland were eligible for DV-2006).

Please note that the entry period for DV-2007 is October 5, 2005 through December 4, 2005.

The ineligible countries may change from year to year; for example, in the DV-2002 program, Poland and Taiwan were removed from the ineligible list and Pakistan was added. Similarly, Russia was added to the ineligible list in the DV-2005 program. The term 50,000 "immigrants" is partial and refers only to people who immigrated via the family-sponsored, employment, or immediate relatives of U.S. citizen categories, and does not include other categories such as refugees, asylees, NACARA beneficiaries, or previous diversity immigrants. It is for this reason that Cuba and Ukraine are not on the ineligible list despite sending over 50,000 immigrants in the previous five years.

The visas are distributed on a regional and national basis, with each regions sending less immigrants to the US in the previous 5 years receiving more diversity visas.

In order to allow for those who do not pursue immigrant visas, more 'winners' are selected in the lottery than there are visas available. Hence being selected from the lottery does not guarantee an immigrant visa to the US.

December 2005: Green Card Lottery Abolished In December 2005 it was announced that the US house of representatives has decided to abolish of the Green Card Lottery. (This still needs to be confirmed by the US senate.) The House voted 273-148 to end the scheme. Opponents said it was susceptible to fraud and could be a way for terrorists to enter the country.

Green cards give people permanent resident status in the USA. The lottery happens each year and the winners are randomly selected and receive their permanent residency.

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How do you win the green card lottery?

I won green card lottery by internet

What is the US Green Card Lottery?

The US Green Card Lottery is a lottery that randomly decides which applicants receive green cards. A green card is needed to legally stay in the country.

How do you get a green card from a spouse having green card?

well ,if your wife got a green card throw the dv lottery- , then you will have a green card aotumaticaly.

What is the website for the green card lottery?

What is the USA green card lottery?

The USA green card lottery is officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa and it is a mandated lottery system for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is a program aimed to increase diversity.

What are questions asked at a DV Lottery green card interview?

Definition of DV lottery

How much is it to get an green card?

A green card is not for sale. There are companies that offer to apply on your behalf and charge a fee. A lottery also is available

Why is the US Diversity Immigrant Visa program known as the Green Card Lottery?

The US Diversity Immigrant Visa program is also know as the Green Card Lottery because only a number of those that apply will receive a Green Card. Each year 55,000 people receive Green Cards.

Can a Pakistani citizen apply for US Green card lottery program?


How do you apply for Australia Green Card Lottery Visa?

i need to live and work there...

What is the chance to win the green card lottery?

The odds are one in... however many are printed!

How do you apply for green card?

There are certain ways to obtain Green card.Winning a lottery program.Family-Based Green Card.Employment-Based Green Card.Refugee Status or Asylum may apply for a Green Card (Applicant should be in the U.S. for one year).See the related link for more detals.

If you gota phone call about a green card winner from the US does that mean you win the card?

the ins does not call to anybody and is not a "green card" lottery,it is a visa lottery and of course you need yo enter with and special form, fill it up, mail it,etc.,etc. does mean if you got a call saying you won a green car it is fake or a fraud

What is dv2 visa USA?

It is green card lottery officially called diversity visa program

Can you apply for a usasis green card?

There are certain ways to obtain Green card.Winning a lottery program.Family-Based Green Card.Employment-Based Green Card.Refugee Status or Asylum may apply for a Green Card (Applicant should be in the U.S. for one year).Visit the web-site in the related link for more info

How you can under stand you won green card?

The US government has a form of 'green card lottery' where a small number of people from a large number of applicants, are able to get a green card. Beware though, because there is a common email scam where people are told they have won a green card - without them ever applying, of course - trying to trick them into sending money for processing fees and such. A real green card lottery winner would be informed by postal mail in most cases - but anyone who hasn't applied should automatically be suspicious.

What forms need to be fill to file for a green card?

For renewal of Green card you must use Form I-90. see related linkThere are several ways to obtain new Green card. Not all ways are easy - there are certain requirements.Winning a lottery program.Family-Based Green Card.Employment-Based Green Card.Refugee Status or Asylum may apply for a Green Card.

How do you obtain a green card?

Six ways to get a green card By being sponsored by close family members Through investment in the US By being sponsored by a US company or employer Green card lottery Asylum or refugee By marrying a US citizen

If you win a green card in the diversity visa lottery at what stage do you become a permanent legal resident in the USA?

I would assume that immediately when they give you the card.

How do you get a US Green Card?

Through asylum, cancellation of removal, family based, visa lottery, and employment based.

Why is the UK exempt from applying for a green card on the Green Card lottery?

Only the countries with the lowest number of visas granted annualy by the US are eligible. The UK is not among them. I should have said "issued," not "granted."

What circumstances can qualify you for a green card?

To obtain a green card there are many ways: through employment, a family member or marriage. You must be sponsored by a family member in the U.S. in order to apply for a Family-Based Green Card by petitioning using Form I-130. To apply for an Employment-Based Green Card, a foreign applicant must be sponsored by a qualifying U.S. employer who files Form I-140. Individuals who obtain a Green Card through marriage to a U.S. Citizen are granted "Conditional" Green Card status, which is only valid for two years. Individuals who have been granted Conditional Green Card Status are required to apply to remove the Conditions on their Green Card within 90 days of the date that their Conditional Permanent Resident status expires.After conditions are removed the applicant is issued a green card valid for 10 years.If married to U.S. Citizen you may apply for US citizenship after 3 years with valid green card. Lastly there is also the option of winning the green card through lottery.55.000 applicants from countries where the immigrants to US is least can win green card through lottery also.

ITZ cash card can you play online lottery?

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How do you look dv result?

DV 2013 green card lottery entrants can check the status of their applications online on the E-DV website.

Which month is the draw for the green card dv-lottery held?

November, Abdul majeed hydara a member to The Greencarddvlottery and he need's help.