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June 22, 2013

Threat to the US Green Card Lottery

Immigration Reform 2013 is the talk of most importance going on in the field of immigration now. Republicans want to pass an immigration reform bill which will give them a chance of winning the next Presidential elections, especially after the debacle last time after losing out on the Hispanic vote mainly. However, they want to make sure there is a better border security program in place before a pathway to citizenship is offered to people currently in the US without any legal documents.

Democrat and Republican Senators together drafted the reform bill, but now the debate is on in full swing, with border security being one of the main issues of contention.

The bill paves way for more of family based immigration and to grant more green cards to persons who are highly qualified in the employment category. And in the search for means to increase the number of green cards for the family and employment categories, the decision was made to scrap the diversity visa lottery program. This frees up the 55,000 visas available to be issued to other “more deserving” persons, persons who can benefit the US better economically.

While the government may have their reasons to scrap the DV lottery, it is definitely a blow to people the world over whose only chance of getting a US green card was through the green card lottery program. They do not have family or employment opportunities in the US and this is the only way they can even dream of getting into the country. And this one route is going to be blocked.

Over the past few months, this has been the talk in media. You can read few articles related to how different people look at the green card lottery going away.

Playing the Odds: End to US ‘Green Card’ Lottery comes as disappointment for thousands of hopefuls in Armenia

Death of the Green Card Lottery

Has The U.S. Green Card Lottery Run Out Of Luck?

US Green Card Lottery Under Threat

May 2, 2013

DV 2014 Entrant Status Check

The US Department of State (DOS) has announced that the entrants in the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery can now begin checking their status. According to the official website the announcement reads:

DV 2014 Program:DV-2014 entrants will be able to check the status of their entries starting 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 1, 2013 through Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website.

Applications for the 2014 DV lottery had been accepted between noon on October 2, 2012 and noon on November 3, 2012. According to DOS, entrants in the DV 2014 lottery program can check their status online right up to September 30, 2014.

To check entrant status, the applicants need to have their confirmation number. This is the number they would have received as soon as their electronic application went through on the government site during the submission period. This number is very important and without it, it will not be possible to check status.  The confirmation number,  last name/family name and year of birth are required to check the status of an applicant.

The Entrant Status Check is the only way to find out if you have won the lottery or not. The DOS will not get in touch with you through any other means. You can check your case status here.

February 27, 2013

Immigration – Business and Labor Find Common Ground

Keeping in mind one of the key priorities for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, businesses and labor unions announced on Thursday an agreement on the process to bring in low skilled workers to the United States.

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Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), working on the comprehensive immigration bill made a request based on which the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO had a series of negotiations. The announcement was a result of these negotiations.

The announcement was on the principal process but both groups failed to reach a consensus on some of their basic disagreements, like rules governing the entry of low-skilled workers into the United States. Though the groups have not reached an agreement on two important aspects of the issue – the number of guest worker visas that would be granted and the duration of stay in the country for these visa holders – a major point to note is the fact that the AFL-CIO has gone on record supporting the entry on low-skilled workers, something it was against in the past.

The joint statement also includes the intention to work on protecting the working conditions and wages of both US labor and the temporary labor that comes into the country, generally to fill posts in hotels and resorts, janitorial posts, and in industries that require low-skilled labor, like the meat packing industry.

Both parties were unable to reach a consensus on the number of visas to be given, with the Chamber wanting to be more generous and the unions wanting to set strict limits. The Chamber wants a commission to be set up to work out the numbers, while the unions think this is not a great idea and will not work.

A major point of contention is how employers should prove that they have advertised the position well enough so that American workers are aware of it. It is only in the absence of American workers not being available or not being willing to take up these jobs can an employer look outside the country to fill the labor needs.

Another unresolved issue was whether the foreign labor that enters the country would have to leave after a set period or whether they would have an option to legalize their position in the country as permanent residents who can later seek US citizenship.

There are several gaps to be filled in this agreement. However, both groups have agreed that the first preference should be given to Americans by advertising the positions more effectively. They have also agreed that for certain positions it may not be possible to get American workers. Their statement said, “We have found common ground in several important areas and have committed to continue to work together and with member of Congress to enact legislation that will solve our current problems in a lasting manner. We are now in the middle – not the end – of this process.”

It is left up to the Senators to work on fleshing out this agreement. But a major achievement to be noted is that both have agreed on the principles. As Senator Schumer said, “The fact that business and labor have agreed on principles is a major step forward. While the devil will be in the details in terms of fleshing these principles out, our staffs have had very productive discussions with both sides this week. We are very hopeful that an agreement can be reached on a specific proposal in the next few weeks.”

June 21, 2012

How to get a Job in the United States After Winning the DV Lottery

Diversity visa lottery program which is conducted by the US government, every year, makes available 50,000 immigrant visas to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to America. There are certain eligibility requirements to be satisfied to enter the DV lottery program and not every entrant will get an immigrant visa.

The only way through which you can get to know whether you had won the lottery is through the entrant status check. Once you get to know that you had won the lottery, determine and confirm your eligibility for an immigrant visa. As the primary diversity visa applicant, you must possess a high school education certificate. You must have successfully completed a 12 year course of primary and secondary education. If not you must have a qualifying work experience for two years. Work experience will be considered under the provisions of the American law. If you wish to be eligible for an immigrant visa, you must have work experience for two years in the past five years. If you do not have the required educational qualification or the required work experience, you will not be eligible for an immigrant visa.
That is because you will not be able to find a suitable job in the United States when you enter America, without the required education and work experience. If you are found to be a public charge to the government of the United States, you may not be eligible to immigrate to America.
An applicant who gets a diversity visa will not be assisted by the United States, with respect to housing and getting employment opportunities. Moreover, if you are selected for an immigrant visa and before you are issued a visa, you must demonstrate that you will not become a public charge to America. To prove that you may provide evidence related to your personal assets showing that you have enough money to survive and the required job skills to find a job in the United States. You may also provide Form I-134, Affidavit of Support from your relative or friend who is in the United States or an employment offer letter from an American employer.
On submitting the required civil documents and undergoing the medical examination, you will be called for an interview at the US consulate or the US embassy, where your eligibility for an immigrant visa will be determined. Once you are found to be eligible, you will get an immigrant visa, valid for 6 months. You must enter the United States with that visa before 6 months and file a petition for permanent resident status in the United States. Once you enter the United States, you must look for a suitable job according to your qualification and work experience.
To find a job in the United States, you must prepare the required documentation such as identity and employment authorization, required to find employment opportunities. You will also require your Green Card to find a job. You can use your passport, with the temporary I-551 stamp as an evidence until you get your permanent resident card. Though there are jobs which do not require English-speaking ability, it is important to learn to speak and read English, as the job applications are in English with Spanish translation.
You must have a legibly printed resume, indicating the positions that you had held in your country of origin also showing references from your previous employers. As a legal immigrant, you may be able to look for any kind of job for which you are suitable, according to the Anti-Discrimination Law. But there are certain US jobs and jobs related to the US government for which a legal immigrant is ineligible and those jobs are only for the US citizens. You may also contact the Employment Development Departments of the American states which may help the new immigrants to find ways to get prospective jobs.

January 19, 2012

Results of the DV-2012 lottery Program

The diversity lottery program was conducted per section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and 50,000 permanent resident visas are made available ever year to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.

The Diversity Visa (DV) 2012 results were made available online from 15th of July 2011. The results were released from 15th July 2011. The 22,000 applicants who were declared winners have to re-check their results again from July 15th this year. Remember not to pay any money till you arrive at your interview. The results of the DV 2012 will not be sent by postal mail. All the applicants can check their results only in the online official web site from the month of July 2011 through the end of June 2012.

The DV 2012 lottery program nearly had 14,768,000 people submitting their application forms online during the submission period in 2010. 100,021 winners were selected and were given the opportunity to get one of the available 50,000 US immigrant visas through the program. It is important to remember that the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) uses the only the online check facility to check the results.

In the 2012 DV lottery, the Africa region got 50,000 of the selected winner’s notifications. The significant number came from Nigeria 6002, Ghana 5,832, Ethiopia 4,902 and Egypt 4,664. In the Asian region, Iran topped with 4,453, followed by Nepal with 3,258 and Bangladesh with 2,373. In the European region, Ukraine had 5,799 winners followed by Uzbekistan with 4800 winners and Turkey following with 3,077. In the South and Central American region, Venezuela had 925 winner, Cuba 292 and Trinidad and Tobago with 175 applicants turning out successful. In the Oceania region, Australia got 900, followed by Fiji with 628 successful entries and New Zealand getting 309. The North American region saw Bahamas getting 15 winners.

To check the results, applicants should have their current confirmation number and their personal details. The confirmation number will not be reissued again. Apart from the confirmation number, there is no other way to check the results. The winners name list will not appear in any website. Similarly you cannot contact the American Embassies and the American Consular offices for your results as they cannot provide the names of the winners in the 2012 green card lottery program.

If you have won but do not have the required education/work experience, do not proceed with the winning. It is also important not to send money overseas through any banks or companies to get US visas. If you are selected in the program, you have to pay the required visa fees only at the local US Embassy on the day of your interview. Carefully follow the instructions given by the US consular office web site as how to pay the DV Lottery visa fees to them and about the future course of action..

Note that the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 allots up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated DV lottery be made available for use under the NACARA program.

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December 20, 2011

FAQ’s- The DV Lottery Program

DV Lottery is one of the finest way to get green card to USA.

1. What is DV lottery ?

The annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program gives permanent residence visas to persons who meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer will randomly select from the available entries for each geographic region. As this procedure is followed, all entries get an equal chance of getting selected in this lottery program. Not any qualifying for the program will receive more than seven percent of the available visas for the given year.

2. Who is eligible for the DV lottery ?

One requirement is that the applicant should have at least a high school education or its equivalent. Countries that send large of immigrants to the US do not qualify. Per the law, ff more than 50,000 persons in the family and employment based visa categories immigrated to the US in the last five years from your country, your country will not be eligible for the current year’s DV lottery program.

3. Can persons not born in a qualifying country apply ?

If you are not from a country that is not eligible for the program, you can apply if your spouse if from a qualifying country. In this case, both you (the applicant) and your spouse have to enter the US together, if selected. All your children under 21 years old listed in your application can come along with you during the US visit. You can also qualify through the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your parents was a resident of an ineligible country at the time of your birth.

4. Is every applicant limited to only entry for the DV lottery program?

Make sure you submit only one entry. If you submit more than one entry, you will be disqualified. However, a husband and wife can each submit one entry if each meet the eligibility.

5. Should I submit my own application or can someone act on my behalf?

You can prepare and submit yourself or have someone else submit the entry for you.

6. Do I need to sign the application and what about submitting photographs?

You need not sign the form. However, you have to submit recent and individual photographs of you, your spouse and all children below 21 years old. It is important that you do not submit family or group photographs. If the photographs do not meet the specifications, it will be rejected.

7. How will the winners be selected?

All the entries will be given separate numbers at the Kentucky Consular Center. Subsequently, a computer will randomly select from the received entries for each geographic region. All entries have an equal chance of getting selected.

8. How will I know If am selected?

You will get a confirmation number when you submit your application online. Keep the number safe as this is the only way to check the results. You can visit https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/ once the results are out.

9. Can winners adjust their status ?

Selected individuals in this program who are physically present in the US may apply for adjustment of status to permanent resident by filing Form I-485 with the USCIS.

Your life can change through DV Lottery if you have won the green card. Do not lose hope even though if you didn’t get selected in DV Lottery. Keep trying one day luck will be in your favor.

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November 16, 2011

Applied For 2013 DV Lottery. What Next ?

The online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) concluded on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

The only option to check if you have been selected is by going to http://www.dvlottery.state.gov and enter your confirmation number and personal information at the Entrant Status Check page. This is the only way through which you will come to know about your selection for DV-2013. If selected, you will get instructions on how to proceed further and details about your immigrant visa interview. Since you need the confirmation number to check, it is important you retain your confirmation number. The US Department of State will not provide your entry confirmation number if it is lost. You can check the status of your DV-2013 application starting May 1, 2012

Depending on the allocations of visas available for each region and country, a computer will randomly select from the qualified entries. All DV- 2013 entrants have to visit the E-DV website Entrant Status Check using the confirmation number to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. If you are selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on the fees connected with immigration to the US that you need to pay. The Department of State will not be mailing out notification letters. It is very important to remember that those selected in the random selection will NOT be notified of their selection by e-mail. Even the persons NOT selected will be notified of their non-selection only through Entrant Status Check. US embassies and consulates will not give the list of selectees. If you are selected, your spouse and unmarried children under age 21 also qualify to apply for visas to accompany or follow-to-join. Visas for DV-2013 will be issued between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.

Processing of entries and issuing Diversity Visas to winners who meet the eligibility requirements and their eligible family members should happen by midnight on September 30, 2013. Diversity Visas will not be issued or adjustments approved after this date. In addition to this family members cannot obtain Diversity Visas to follow-to-join in the US after this date.

To get a Diversity Visa to immigrate to the US, those selected in the random selection should meet ALL eligibility requirements under US law. The authorities will strictly inform those selected not to proceed further if they fail to meet the eligibility requirements. These requirements will increase the level of scrutiny required and the necessary time for further processing for natives of some countries listed in the notice including, but not limited to, countries identified as state sponsors of terrorism. Selected winners of DV-2013 who are living in the US currently can adjust their status to permanent residence by filing Form I-485 with the USCIS once their case numbers are current in any given month.

DV-2014 is the next visa lottery program that will accept online entries through the E-DV application in the year 2012 for the fiscal year 2014. Approximately a month will be available for you to download the application form and to fill and submit it back within 60 minutes of time. DV lottery is one of the best way to get green card to USA.

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September 28, 2011

Attractive Option to Come to the US – The DV Lottery Program

There are different ways and means through which you can come to the US. It entirely falls on the intention of your visit. Visas and green cards help you move to the US temporarily or permanently. A visa is for a temporary stay whereas a green card will help you live and work in the US permanently.

There are quite a few ways you can tread to get a green card. A simple and a tempting option is the annually conducted Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program. As there are many privileges for a green card holder and you can legally enter, work and live permanently in the US, it is really worth giving a try through the DV lottery program. As stated earlier, there are other ways also that will help you get a green card.

Diversity lottery :

A significant number of 50,000 green cards are available through the DV lottery program every year. Winners are selected randomly by a computer. There are a couple of simple, but strict eligibility requirements that you have to meet in order to qualify for the program. Not all countries are eligible and the list of qualifying countries is indeed limited. If a large number of immigrants from your country moved to the US, your country will not qualify under this program. If more than 50,000 persons from your country came to the US under the family and employment based visa classification during the last five years, your country will not qualify for this year’s DV lottery program.

So, to participate in the program, you should represent a qualifying country. The qualifying country, generally is the country where you were born and is not related to where you currently live. The second eligibility requirement is that you should have at least a high school education or its equivalent.

The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) is the authority in-charge of this entire process. The process consists of selecting the winners randomly through a computer for the fiscal year program. The results are announced by the KCC only and it is extremely important to note that no other organization is authorized to declare the results because, off-late, there are many scammers who send emails to applicants informing them that they have won the lottery. Earlier, the KCC followed the method of announcing the results by regular postal mail between the months of May and July every year. They changed the notification process during the 2010 year DV program, where applicants were to check the results online in the official website. Applicants were able to check if they are selected or not.

The DV lottery result process :

There is a particular registration period every year and that will be notified well in advance by the official department. You can submit your application only during this period and once the entry submission is over, the website will stop accepting entries for that particular year. A computer will then select winners randomly from the valid entries region wise.

Every valid entry will be assigned a case number. If you are selected, you will be notified on how to proceed further and you will also be informed not to proceed further if you do not fulfill the eligibility requirements that is mandatory for the program. The confirmation number that you receive as soon as you submit your entry is the only way to check if you are selected or not. So it is important to keep your confirmation number safe.

If you are selected in DV Lottery Program, it does not mean that you get the immigrant visa immediately. It only gives you the advantage to apply for an immigration visa. You have to pay the appropriate immigrant visa fees and the diversity visa processing fees. If your visa is rejected, the visa fees will not be refunded. You are required to pay the DV Lottery visa fees only to the US Embassy or Consular office on the date of the interview.

June 7, 2011

Chasing the Green Card Dream Through the DV Lottery Program

Last year alone, there were over 15 million people entered for the Green Card Lottery, the biggest registration ever in the history of the DV lottery program.

Every year, more than one million people become American citizens, almost equaling the number of illegal immigrants coming to the US annually. It is roughly estimated that there are more than 30 million illegal immigrants in the US. Per the immigration survey done by Public Agenda in 2009, US immigrants believe that US is the land of opportunity despite the global economic crisis.

Apart from this, per the survey, 88% of immigrants say the US is better than their birth country to earn a good living and 71% would make the US, their permanent home.

The United States means hope for a better future; an opportunity to pursue one’s dream in complete freedom. Even though the US is till recovering from one of the worst recessions in history, immigrants continue to come to the US, triggered by this hope.

While there are different US immigration paths, one of the most sort out ways is the Diversity Visa (DV) program. There are simple but strict eligibility requirements to participate in this program. Winning the Green Card lottery does not automatically result in getting a Green Card. The DV lottery only grants 50,000 Green Cards each year though they select 100,000 people. The reason is that only 20% complete the process correctly.

Common Mistakes by DV Lottery Applicants:

DV lottery winners have to fill and submit governmental forms and go through a medical exam. They will be required to attend an interview with a US consulate. Subsequently, they have to pass a security background check and finally they will receive a visa immigration number.

However, 80% of people fail to complete the process correctly as they tend to misunderstand the governmental form instructions. They commit errors in their application. Misspelled names, inconsistent responses and discrepancies in forms can cause major delays. Another reason is, sending forms and documents to the wrong address

There are many applicants who are not able to provide the education or work experience documents and there are some who do not furnish police reports. Failure to include proper fees OR not able to financially support one’s self or family are other reasons. There are some who miss the scheduled Green Card interview.

An interesting point to note about the green card lottery is that millions are automatically disqualified from the program to begin with and when people win, most fail to complete the process. The first step in the DV lottery requires completing an application correctly. The applicant’s photos should meet the specifications mentioned by the US State Department. The application has to be in E-DV entry form and submitted before the end of the registration period. There are many who just do not get the process right. All applicants should know the ropes before actually jumping into the program.

The DV lottery or green card lottery is an easy way to get a Green Card and is a perfect example of how the US is open to everybody.

March 2, 2011

What Is The Next Step If I Win The DV Lottery?

All the DV lottery applications will be numbered separately at the Kentucky Consular Center. A computer will randomly select from the applications for each geographic region. All the applications have the same chance of getting selected in this lottery program. Those selected will receive appointment letters from the Kentucky Consular Center four to six weeks before the interview with the US consular officers overseas. The selected applicants will then have to pay all immigrant visa fees in person at the US embassy or Consulate at the time of visa application.

If you are selected in the DV lottery, you will be required to submit a formal application and undergo further processing to get a immigrant visa. If you are already in the US, you can adjust your status and then the final process would be requesting a green card. If you win the lottery and want to adjust status in the US, ensure that you file the application as soon as the Ranking number is current on the Visa Bulletin as the visas are issued on a first come, first served basis.

You have to respond to the electronic notice from the Kentucky Consular Center or you might not benefit from having won the DV lottery. If you do not respond well ahead of the deadline mentioned, chances are that your application can be rejected. In such a case, you will have to re- apply. You must prove that you can support yourself financially once in the U.S. and are admissible .

Winning entrants will receive notification instructions for the DV lottery visa application process on the confirmation page available through Entry Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Per the instructions, the selected applicants have to pay all diversity and immigrant visa fees in person only at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular cashier or consular officer will give the visa applicant a U.S. Government receipt for the payment made. If you are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, do not send money for DV fees through the mail, Western Union, or any other service. Selected applicants who are already present in the United States and who file for adjustment of status will receive separate instructions on how to submit DV fees to a US bank.

The KCC, consular offices, or the U.S. Government have never and never will send e-mails to notify individuals that they have been selected. Selected entrants will only receive e-mail communications from the KCC informing them that a visa appointment has been scheduled after they have responded to the notification instructions on Entry Status Check. Such e-mails will direct the selected applicants to check their interview appointment details on Entry Status Check and it will not contain information on the actual appointment date and time.

If you are selected, you have to provide evidence that you will not become a public charge in the United States before being issued a visa. This proof can be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from a friend or relative in the United States, and/or an offer of employment from an employer in the US.
If you are selected in the DV lottery you will be required to submit a formal application and undergo further processing to get an immigrant visa. If you are already in the US, you can adjust your status and then the final process would be requesting a green card.

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