Application for the 2009 Diversity Visa starts October 3, 2007
September 27, 2007
Those interested in submitting applications for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, better known as the Green Card lottery, will be able to do so starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. Applications must be submitted electronically before the deadline, noon Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 2, 2007 to www.dvlottery.state.gov. To find out if you are eligible and for free help with your application, please call one of our immigration centers to make an appointment with a lawyer or paralegal.
This year's Diversity Visa Program will provide 50,000 permanent resident visas to immigrants to the United States. Using a lottery system, qualifying persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States are selected at random to receive Diversity Visas. This is a great opportunity for immigrants wanting to live permanently in the United States to be able to do so.
To be eligible for the Diversity Visa the applicant must (1) have either a high school education, or must have two years of work experience within the past five years that required at least two years of training or experience; (2) the applicant must be a native of a country with a relatively low level of immigration to the United States.
Each year the countries from which one may apply change depending on what their immigration rates have been. No visas will go to natives of countries that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants in the past five years.
This year the countries excluded from the lottery include: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week to apply since there may be internet delays due to the high level of response. The Department of State will not accept paper entries.
For complete instructions please go to: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/2009DVInstructions.pdf <pdf>