When is the next green card draw and an important change in the lottery rules that you should be aware of

Over the next few weeks, the Department of State will announce the dates when registration for the DV-2024 Green Card Lottery will open. In the meantime, everyone is preparing for this, we decided to remind you of one very important change that not everyone noticed.  

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Usually registration for the lottery takes place from early October to early November. Perhaps this will be the case this year as well. As a rule, the acceptance of applications lasts a little over a month, so everyone will have enough time to register. Winners of this lottery will be able to receive a green card in 2024.

Registration takes place only on one official lottery site - www.dvlottery.state.gov. The registration process is absolutely free, a person with a minimum knowledge of English can fill out an application.

If you are worried about whether you can handle the filling, read first step by step instructions.

It is better to submit an application personally, without intermediaries - tell why. Remember: it's completely free!

Don't forget that lottery results for 2022 and 2023 are still available.

How to check the results of previous draws

You can check your status only on the official website www.dvprogram.state.gov (it was previously called www.dvlottery.state.gov - both addresses are correct). On the site, you will need to enter the lottery participant number, indicate the name, surname and year of birth of the applicant. If on the opened page you see a letter with a barcode and your data, you won.

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This is the only way to find out about lottery results. The Department of State will not send any email or regular mail. The only email you may receive from the US Department of State is a reminder to check your status after the lottery draw. And even more so, an official institution never asks for money transfers. Be especially careful in this if you applied through an intermediary.

It is worth remembering that winning the lottery does not guarantee receiving a green card. To immigrate to the USA, you must meet all the requirements that are presented applicants for immigration visas.

If you are already in the United States at the time you receive a notification about winning a green card, you have the opportunity change your status in the US to immigration. Read more about this at the official website of the program.

A green card is a certificate of a permanent resident of the United States who does not have the citizenship of this state. It provides, among other things, the right to work, educational benefits and the opportunity to apply for citizenship.

Until September 30, 2022, you can check the results of the green card drawing in the lottery for 2022 (DV-2022). After this date, persons who won the lottery will no longer be able to apply for a green card.

And until September 30, 2023, you can find out the results of the DV-2023 lottery.

Important change regarding passports

In February 2022, a federal court in the District of Columbia overturned a Donald Trump-era rule that had significantly capped lottery applications. George Town.

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The “passport rule,” promulgated in 2019, only required applicants to have a valid passport in order to participate in the lottery, effectively excluding low-income people from countries where passports are expensive or difficult to obtain from the program. 

The DV program is one of the few ways that people from countries where few of their fellow citizens have immigrated to the US and who have no family or work ties to the US can legally obtain a visa. 

The goal of the program is to "diversify the immigrant population in the United States," which it does by allowing immigrants from all over the world to participate in a lottery for a chance to apply for a visa.

For many immigrants, especially those from poorer countries, passports are limited and often expensive, subject to long delays, and may not be possible for those who have not bought a ticket for international travel.

Since the introduction of the passport requirement, the number of DV lottery applications worldwide has plummeted from 14,7 million in 2018 to 6,7 million in 2019. 

As a result of the removal of this rule, applicants for the DV lottery will no longer be required to provide a passport until they know they have won the lottery and apply for a visa.

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