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.
is the Green Card Lottery?
The Green Card Lottery is formally known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery
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 visas, "Green Cards," to applicants from certain countries around the
world. Although the statute actually mandates availability of 55,000 visas, The
Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act ("NCARA") passed by Congress in
November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as
necessary, 5,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for
use under the NCARA Program. Therefore, there are 50,000 visas available.
Winners of the lottery are chosen in a random drawing conducted by the US State
Department. The text of
the Green Card Lottery law is available for you to read.
is the lottery held?
The Green Card Lottery 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.
does the lottery work?
Entries are submitted to the appropriate government filing offices during a
brief window period lasting approximately one month. All entries are
individually numbered. Entries that do not meet the requirements, are not
prepared correctly, or are not delivered during the one-month window period are
discarded and not included in the lottery. The US State Department then selects
approximately 100,000 names at random and notifications are mailed to the
winners. The first 50,000 people who register and qualify will receive several
forms to fill out and will have a brief interview at the nearest US embassy or
consulate before receiving their Green Cards. Additional family members listed
on winners' entry forms will also receive Green Cards. Winners residing in the
United States may be able to receive their Green Cards without leaving the
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 rights, and they can sponsor relatives for
Green Cards. The Green Card does not affect present citizenship. A Green Card
holder may later apply for United States citizenship, if desired.
qualify to enter the lottery?
You qualify to enter if you (or your husband or wife) were born in one of the
eligible lottery countries (see below). You must also meet general and
education/training requirements. Complete
eligibility requirements are available for you to read.
Which countries are eligible to participate?
The eligible lottery countries include every country in the world EXCEPT the
countries that are listed below:
The following countries ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
Natives of the
following Asian countries are not eligible for this year’s diversity program:
China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Hong Kong S.A.R and Taiwan do qualify and are listed above. Macau S.A.R. also
qualifies and is listed below (Europe). Persons born in the areas administered
prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, and Syria are chargeable, respectively, to
Israel, Jordan, and Syria.
Natives of the
following European countries are NOT eligible for this year’s diversity program:
Great Britain (United Kingdom) and Poland. Great Britain (United Kingdom)
includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin
Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St.
Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity
program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does
qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.
In North America,
natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s diversity program.
Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica,
Mexico, and Peru
If you were born in one of the countries listed above, you
may still qualify to participate in the Green Card Lottery.
is available about these exceptions.
there any other requirements?
There is no minimum age to apply, but the education and/or work requirements
effectively preclude most people under the age of 18 from being eligible to
participate. You can enter regardless of where you are living--even in the
United States. You do not have to speak or write English. You do not need to
have relatives living in the United States. You do not have to have a particular
amount of money or a job waiting. You need only qualify as an immigrant, which
means that you may not be a criminal, cannot be mentally disturbed, must be able
to work or support yourself, and cannot be a threat to the US national interest.
You can enter the Green Card Lottery even if you have petitions pending, such as
a relative or employer's petition for work permits, visas, etc. Entering the
lottery does not affect current or past petitions and does not affect your
current US visa status.
are applicants selected?
Applicants will be selected at random by computer from among all qualified
Only the US green card lottery application winners
will be notified by mail at the addresses listed on their applications. US green
card lottery winners will be sent instructions and information on fees. Being
selected as a US green card lottery application winner in the diversity visa
green card lottery does not automatically guarantee that you will be issued a
visa, even if you are qualified. The number of green card lottery entries
selected is greater than the number of immigrant visas available because not
everyone selected will be qualified for the visa or will choose to complete the
US green card lottery processing. Once all 50,000 visas have been issued, the
diversity visa program for the year will end.
Persons not selected will NOT receive any notification. U.S. embassies
and consulates will not be able to provide a list of successful applicants.
Spouses and unmarried children under age 21 of successful applicants may also
apply for visas to accompany or follow to join the principal applicant.
application form and email it along with your digital pictures. Provide your
credit card or other payment information.
and print the
If you are unable to print the application, provide the required
information on a sheet of paper. Mail your information with your
pictures and payment to our address.
The application can be printed in
format. Fill it and mail it with your Pictures and payment to our
In order to actually receive a visa, applicants selected in the random
drawing must meet ALL eligibility requirements under U.S. law. Processing of
entries and issuance of diversity visas to successful applicants and their
eligible family members MUST occur within the time limits. Under no
circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this
date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow to join the
applicant in the U.S. after the date.
do I register?
Register immediately! Properly formatted entry forms must be received by the US
Government during the submission period, Because the window period during which
entries will be accepted is very short, we strongly urge you to submit your
application today so that your entry will be ready for immediate submission
during the appropriate application acceptance period.
my family eligible to enter the lottery?
When you receive a Green Card through the lottery, your husband or wife and all
unmarried children under 21 years of age will also receive Green Cards.
do I enter and how many entries can I submit?
To enter the lottery, you must provide the following:
The fastest way is to complete the
application provided online and email it along with your digital pictures
directly to us at
ak at immigrant.com
Answer all questions and answer each question to the best of your knowledge.
You may also return the completed application together with the appropriate
processing fee and photograph(s) to:
AK Immigration Consultants
17550 Burbank Blvd,
103, Encino, CA 91316
send your application as soon as possible. Upon receipt of your completed entry
form and processing fee, AK Immigration Consultants will prepare and process
your application. You will receive a notice confirming that your entry has been
processed and will receive a subsequent notice informing you when your
application is submitted to the US Department of State. Lottery winners will be
notified directly by the US Department of State (by mail). Unsuccessful
applicants will not be contacted.
An individual is allowed only one entry per year. You will be disqualified if
you submit more than one entry. However, a husband and wife may each submit
separate applications but pay only one processing fee (this includes husband,
wife and children, if any). This doubles your odds of being selected a winner in
the lottery. If you are filing a dual application, each spouse must meet the
eligibility requirements. Two separate applications should be
completed, one for each spouse. One application should be signed by one spouse,
the other application by the other spouse. Each application must include the
other spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age. Both applications
should be mailed to AK Immigration Consultants in one envelope, with two
passport style photographs for each family member, and the appropriate
type of photographs must I submit?
Recent photographs of the applicant, spouse, and each child (including all
natural children as well as all legally-adopted and stepchildren, even if the
children no longer reside with the applicant) must be included. The name and
date of birth of each family member must be printed on the back of their photo.
Group or family photos will not be accepted; there must be a separate photo for
each family member. Do not staple photos to the application.
Photographs must conform to the following specifications:
photo must be square, NOT RECTANGULAR
photo must be a color passport-type photo, only showing head and shoulders
in the shot.
Head, shoulders and eyes must be facing straight into the camera with both
sides of the face and ears equally visible. NO shadows are allowed to show
on any part of the face.
background must be a plain LIGHT color such as white (NOT red, NOT blue, NOT
any bright color. NO objects or shadows are allowed in the background.
head should take up approximately half of the space in the photo. NO SMILE.
- Hats or
head covers are not allowed unless there is a religious reason, but no part
of the face can be covered even for religious reasons.
Eyeglasses are acceptable in the photo only if the lenses are NOT tinted and
there is no glare, no reflections of light on the lenses or frames, no
shadows, and the rims/frames do not obscure the eyes. Glare on eyeglasses
can usually be prevented by slightly tilting the head up or down.
Sunglasses are NOT allowed.
Click here to see samples of
properly taken photos.
SIMPLE SUMMARY OF HOW TO TAKE NEW DIGITAL PHOTOS
Each digital photo
The camera settings should be either normal or of high quality.
Background: The person being photographed should be in front of a neutral,
light-colored background. Dark or patterned backgrounds are not
digital format MUST be .JPG.
Color Depth: 24-bit color (Note that black and white, monochrome, or
grayscale images will not be accepted.
The ideal final digital photo should look like the samples below, will be
600mm by 600mm, with a print resolution of 150dpi.
File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB).
If your digital camera cannot
take a square photo, do the following:
Set the camera for high quality
Take a horizontal shot (a photo wider than it is tall), with the
head and shoulders showing as in
samples of properly taken
EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND SUMMARY OF HOW TO SCAN EXISTING
- Get a
high-quality scan (at least 200dpi).
final scanned photo MUST be in .JPG format.
portion of the existing photo to be scanned should be framed to look like
samples of properly taken
scanned size resolutions should be 600mm by 600mm.
final digital photo should look like the sample photo below.
close to the required digital resolutions, we can adjust it to exactly meet
CORRECTLY TAKEN PHOTOS
Background not allowed
Do NOT smile
Low Resolution; Bad
Do NOT smile
Shadow not allowed
Do NOT smile
Shadow on side of face.
Do NOT smile
How do I know if I am a winner?
Applicants whose applications are randomly selected from among all qualified
entries will be notified by mail by the US Department of State. This
notification normally occurs within six months of the close of the lottery
program. Together with this notification, further instructions will be
provided on how to proceed, including information on fees connected with the
immigration process. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
is the processing fee and how can I pay it?
The US Government does not charge an application fee. To guarantee your
application is prepared correctly and filed on time, AK Immigration Consultants
charges a nominal fee to cover administrative and processing expenses incurred
in conjunction with the careful preparation and submission of every lottery
(Spouse and children included at no additional cost.)
(Two applications, one for each spouse; other spouse and
children included on each application.)
Please make payment (in US dollars) payable to "AK
The following forms of payment are accepted:
Credit Cards (Master Card/Euro Card, Visa)
Money orders (in US dollars)
Travelers' checks (in US dollars)
Checks drawn from a US bank
US dollars (cash)
We do not accept Euro checks
Because this is a lottery program, AK Immigration Consultants
does not guarantee that you will be selected as a winner. If you are not
selected, your registration fee is not refundable. However, we use our
experience and knowledge to give you the best possible opportunity to win. We
carefully satisfy the numerous legal and technical requirements associated with
the format and content of every application. The slightest mistake will
disqualify your entry. We guarantee that every entry is properly prepared!
do I sign my entry?
signatures are required.
Why should I use AK Immigration
Every year, millions of applications are rejected because they are not formatted
correctly, do not contain the required information, or fail to arrive during the
specified submission period. (In the DV-2002 Lottery Program, 3 million
applications were rejected for such reasons!) Furthermore, the eligibility rules
and application requirements of the Green Card Lottery are subject to change
every year. AK Immigration Consultants will professionally prepare your
application and guarantee that it meets all current requirements, is properly
formatted, contains all required information, and is submitted during the
lottery submission period. Allowing AK Immigration Consultants to assist
you with your application is a wise investment in your future!