The DV-2014 Lottery Program closes on 3rd November

October 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

green card lotteryRegistrations for the DV-2014 Program will close on November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Through this annually program, many immigrants get a chance to get a green card that will give legal residence status in the US.

The DV lottery program provides 50,000 green cards to individuals who are selected randomly by a computer. To qualify, individuals are required to satisfy simple eligibility requirements. The first eligibility requirement is that the individual has to be from a qualifying country as not all countries qualify for this program. The eligibility country normally is the country of birth and is not about where you live. The second requirement is that the individual should have at least a high school education or equivalent.

It does not mean that you will not qualify if you are not from a qualifying country. In this case you will be able to apply if your spouse is from a country that is eligible. If you are applying through your spouse’s eligibility, both you and your spouse have to enter the US together if you are selected. All the children below the age of 21 whose details were entered in your application can come with you to the US. You also have another option where you can qualify based in either of your parents’ country of birth. But neither of your parents should have been a resident of an ineligible country when you were born.

Eligible individuals should submit only one entry. It is important to remember that you will be disqualified if you submit more than one application. But there is an exception to this as a husband and wife can each submit one application if each meet the eligibility requirements.

The Kentucky Consular Center will assign unique numbers to the applications received. From these applications, a computer will randomly select for each geographic region. A significant point to mention is that all the applications stand the same chance of getting selected. Note that the applications are accepted only through online and while submitting, applicants will get a confirmation number. They can check the results only with this confirmation number. So it is better to keep the number safe. Another important point to remember is that the Kentucky Consular Center will not send letters to the winners or email them. The online entrant check is the only way to check the results. If you receive any email or mail stating that you have won the lottery, just ignore those mails. Once selected, you will be required to pay all diversity and immigrant visa fees at the US embassy or Consulate during the time of visa application.

Benefits of getting a green card

As a green card holder, you can enjoy many privileges. You have the right to apply for government-sponsored financial aid for education and pay less tuition for university and college. You are allowed to work in any company located in US territory regardless of job function, hours/week, etc. except for a few companies that hire only Americans. Employer sponsorship is also not needed. There are certain jobs that need security clearance that only green card holders and US citizens can get. So it is well understood that a green card provides more job opportunities.

You can also start own business and create your own corporation. You will also get Social Security benefits when you retire but this is subject to some conditions. Additionally, you can sponsor your spouse and unmarried minor children (below 21) for them to become permanent residents. Not to forget having access to security clearances, becoming eligible for government grants and exempt from export restrictions. A few years later, you will be eligible to apply for US citizenship.

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