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Lottery Green Card 2018: all the necessary information for participants

All information about the Green Card Lottery. Photo: depositphoto

All information about the Green Card Lottery. Photo: depositphoto

Registration of the Green Card Lottery 2018 is continuing. Those who wish to have more than two weeks to file a pet. ForumDaily collected everything you need to know applicants for the Green Card Lottery


Check if you can participate in the lottery

There are only 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 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 seniority, we recently 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.

You can participate in the lottery even if you are in the USA.

ForumDaily collected all the tips on how to apply for the lottery. Photo: depositphoto

ForumDaily collected all the tips on how to apply for the lottery. Photo: depositphoto

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 right now and before 12.00 New York time 7 November 2016.

You can fill out the form only on the site Please note that the site has the extension .gov, because sometimes fraudsters create fake sites with the .net extension, .com and others.

The State Department recently released several important tips on filling out the questionnaire. Be sure to check out.

There is detailed instructions to fill out the questionnaire in English from the Lottery Organizers. ForumDaily has compiled its detailed reading instructions for completing the Green Card application form in Russian.

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.

Once you start filling out the questionnaire, you will have exactly 1 hour to enter all the information. If you are late, you will 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. Read more about how to indicate relatives in the application form in material ForumDaily.

The photo must be taken within 6 months before the questionnaire and show 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 questionnaire and click the Submit button, 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 2 May 2017 of the year to 30 of September 2018 of the year, using your confirmation number, you can check the status of the application on the website

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. Remember to save the confirmation page to your computer and then print it. Her, among other documents, you need to take with you to the interview. The interview date will be emailed to you after you fill out the DS-260 form. First you will receive a letter with the following text: «Has been received to the appropriate group ". This is a standard letter which means that your visa application has been received. And in 7-10 days, another email will arrive, this time addressed to you personally. It may have different content, we already considered more detail each.

Necessary documents to be collected before the interview: the full list is listed here. All documents that are not in English, must 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 price of this procedure is, on average, $ 215 from 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 ForumDaily, it’s worth making a few basic documents: arrange bank cards, social security number and US ID.


What else you need to know about the Green Card:

One step before the green card: medical board, interview, work permit

New rules for changing migration status published in the USA

Everything you need to know about US work visas

Catch the tail of the American dream: six stories of people who won the green card

How can I get a green card

10 about honest ways to stay in the USA

Rules of traveling abroad for green card holders


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