One Green Card winner from Tajikistan writes, “Following the advice of friends, we have registered for the American “green card lottery”. We had thought this would be very complicated, but it has not turned out to be that way. Happily, it seems we have won the card and our dream has come true to be able to live and work in America legally. Thanks to all. PS. Thank you so much for your help, empathy, and understanding.”
The State Department (DOS) holds the lottery every year, and randomly selects approximately 110,000 applicants from all qualified entries. The DOS selects the approximately 110,000 applications since many will not complete the visa process. However once 55,000 are issued or the fiscal year ends, the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV) program is closed. If anyone receives a visa through the program they are authorized to live and work permanently in the United States. They are also allowed to bring their spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States, the site reports.
The annual DV lottery program provides an opportunity for potential immigrants to obtain the status as a permanent legal resident of the USA. This program runs each year and provides 50,000 “Green Cards” to applicants randomly selected in a lottery process – known as Green Card Lottery. A Green Card is a permanent residence visa and gives a person the legal right to live, work and study permanently in the United States and to enter and leave the country freely. Immigrants may work in any government, public and private job that is available. A permanent residence visa is generally good for life.
Green Card holders also receive health, education, retirement, taxation, social security and other benefits. The Green Card doesn’t affect the immigrant’s present citizenship. A Green Card holder may later apply for United States Citizenship, if desired.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery has been established in the 1990 Immigration Act in order to give immigration opportunity to natives from countries other than the main source of immigration to the U.S.A. This official U.S. government program aims to diversify the American population by creating an immigration opportunity to under-represented ethnic groups. Application to this program is open for all individuals worldwide that fulfill the two basic entry requirements.