Diversity Visa Program (Green Card Lottery)
Each year, the U.S. State Department conducts a Diveristy Visa Lottery to distribute applications for 50,000 immigrant visas. Winners of the lottery have a chance to apply for an immigrant visa which can be used to enter the United States. Winners are selected randomly and there is NO fee to enter the lottery. If the winner files a successful application, he or she can enter the U.S. and exchange the immigrant visa for a green card, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If the winner is in the U.S. already, he or she can get a green card from USCIS without leaving the country.
Applications must be sumbitted within specific dates to be considered. Please refer to the online details for these dates as they may change from year to year.
This is an online application process. You will need a digital photograph. Refer to the online directions for details. If you need assistance getting a digital photo of yourself, you may contact our Creative Media Center at 5246, located in the basement of Zimmerman. There will be a small fee.
KNOW THE FACTS
Entering the green card lottery is straightforward and costs nothing. You can enter on your own by following the instructions available from the State Department or your local consumer affairs office. You can visit the Diversity Visa Lotterywebsite for detailed information on how to apply. There is no entry form or fee.
BEWARE OF SCAMS!
Some websites use misrepresentations and unfair practices to trick people into thinking that they can push your application through the process faster and guarantee that you will win the green card lottery. These scam artists are very clever in disguising themselves. They will say they are affiliated with the U.S. Government.They will tell you that it takes a special expertise or a special application form to apply for the lottery. They may say that their company has never had a lottery entry rejected. These fraudulent companies can actually jeopardize your chances to participate in the lottery by filing multiple entries.