In the US, announced the date of the new lottery Green Card: what you need to know
Online registration for the lottery Green Card 2020 October 3 will start on 2018 of the year in 12: 00 EST and will continue until 12: 00 on November 6 of 2018 EST.
In 2020, 50 will play thousands of green cards, it says official website of the State Department.
Instructions for applying and filling out all the necessary documents can be found at link.
ForumDaily collected everything you need to know about the lottery Green Card.
Check if you can participate in the lottery
There are only two main conditions that all participants must comply with:
- born in a lottery country (this includes all countries of the former Soviet Union and Israel);
- have a completed secondary education or 2 years of work experience during the last 5 years in a specialty that requires 2-year vocational training. If you do not have a secondary education (that is, you have not completed high school), you can prove the work experience, we told on how to do it right.
Documentary evidence of education or work experience does not need to be attached to a registration application, but they will need to be shown to the consular officer during an interview for an immigration visa. If you are unable to prove education or work experience, your application will be disqualified even after winning.
Fill in the form
This is the main stage of participation in the lottery, so you need to approach it as carefully and carefully as possible. You can fill out the questionnaire from October 3 to November 6 2018.
You can fill out the form only on the site: www.dvlottery.state.gov. Please note that the site has the extension .gov, because sometimes fraudsters create fake sites with the .net extension, .com and others.
There is detailed instructions to fill out the questionnaire in English from the organizers of the lottery.
Remember that participation in the lottery is free. You do not have to pay for registration, nor for filling out a questionnaire, for anything else, until you win. It is also strongly not recommended to use the services of intermediaries: the questionnaire is simple, available even for people with a minimum level of English, filling in takes about 20 minutes.
As soon as you start filling out the form, you will have exactly 1 an hour to enter all the information. If you are late - you have to start over.
You must include your current spouses, even if you do not live together, with children up to 21. In addition, each spouse can fill out a questionnaire separately. Thus, the chances of winning the family will increase. For more information on how to indicate relatives in the questionnaire, read in material ForumDaily.
The photo for the questionnaire must be taken within 6 months before submitting the questionnaire and showing how you look right now. A detailed description of the requirements for photography can be found in our material. Also, here You can customize your photo to the right proportions.
IMPORTANT: After you fill out the form and press the button Submit (“Send”), you should receive a notification with the confirmation number. You definitely need to save it - without it you won’t know if you won a green card or not.
How and when to find out about winning
The only way: from 7 May 2019 of the year to 30 of September 2020 of the year, using your confirmation number, you can check the status of the application on the website: www.dvlottery.state.gov.
The State Department will not send any electronic or regular letters. The only email you can receive from the US Department of State is a reminder to check your status after the lottery. Moreover, the official institution never asks to make money transfers. Be especially attentive if you submitted an application through an intermediary.
If you won the Green Card: the next steps
ForumDaily previously published step-by-step instructions for those who won the Green Card. Here are the key points you'll need to make.
The site Consular Electronic Application Center you need to fill out an immigration visa application form - form DS-260. It is filled in English. In the questionnaire you need to specify personal data, marital status, provide information about the place of work, study, criminal record.
Necessary documents to be collected before the interview: the full list is listed here. All documents that are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation. No notarization or apostille is required.
Medical examinations can only be taken at special certified centers whose addresses can be found at Online. The cost of this procedure is on average $ 215 for each family member planning to immigrate (in different countries the price may differ by $ 10-15), and vaccination is paid separately. More on this. Read in our material.
Interview. You will need the originals and translations into English of all documents, the results of the medical board and the very invitation for an interview. At the site, at the embassy, you need to pay a visa fee for each family member. But this is not a guarantee that the cherished US visa in your hands. Interviews - no less important stage than the preparation of documents or medical board. The main goals of the interview are to make sure that the people who came for the interview applied, take fingerprints and check them with the database, see the results of the medical board and check that all documents are available.
After coming to the USA
In addition to the thousands of questions that will immediately face the new residents of the United States, do not forget about the paperwork. What already писал ForumDailyIt is worth making a few basic documents: arrange bank cards, social security number and US ID.
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