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Registration for the DV-2024 green card lottery has opened: how to increase your chances of winning

Online registration for the lottery Green Card DV-2024 opened. Applications will be accepted from 12:00 pm ET on October 5, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until 12:00 pm ET on November 8, 2022.

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Applications for participation in the DV-2024 visa lottery must be submitted electronically ONLY on the website dvprogram.state.gov.

The registration process is absolutely free, the application can be filled out by a person with a minimum knowledge of English. Be aware that some scam sites may pose as green card lottery sites to steal your personal details or money. Be sure to check the site where you fill out the questionnaire.

A step-by-step Russian-language instruction for filling out a green card application form with explanations for each question is available here. We remind you that this year filling out the questionnaire will not need to enter passport dataso you can apply even if you don't have a valid passport.

The questionnaire is not difficult and it will take you about half an hour to fill it out, but still it is the only criterion for selecting winners. Therefore, a lot of attention is paid to the formal aspects of filling it out. Firstly, because the winners are chosen by the computer, and he does not understand the creative impulses of the applicant, and non-compliance with the technical requirements will automatically lead to the elimination of the questionnaire even before the draw. Secondly, if after winning it turns out that you messed up something in your name, date of birth or country, then you may be denied a green card.

The most common mistakes that green card lottery participants make in the questionnaire

1. Photography is our everything 🙂

Not! It's not about being photogenic. You cannot save the survey you have started and add data later. The application form is meant to be completed within one hour, so it is best to prepare all the necessary data in advance, especially regarding the photo and its technical characteristics.

Photos when checking profiles is given HUGE Attention. How exactly the photos are checked and why you need to clearly follow the instructions, read in ForumDaily. The photo in the application must be recent (taken no more than 6 months ago), and also without ANY changes in graphic editors.

The photo should be square 600 by 600 pixels, the face (without glasses, hats, headphones, etc.) should occupy about 60% of the canvas, the person should look straight ahead, the background should be light. Detailed photo requirements - here.

Screenshot from the State Department website

We advise you to make sure that the photo is correct before applying for the green card lottery. To do this, the website of the State Department has special tool.

2. Take your time and don't try to outsmart everyone

For those who submitted documents earlier than others, there is no advantage, all applications submitted during the specified period will participate in the draw in equal proportions. You cannot apply twice. If more than one application with the same name is submitted, ALL Duplicate profiles are automatically deleted.

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In this case, a little trick that increases your family's chances of winning, is still allowed. The application form includes details of the husband or wife and children under the age of 21. Both spouses are eligible to submit separate entries with the same details to increase the family's chances of winning.

3. Don't lie and pay attention to details

Many people who win the lottery do not end up with a green card because the information they provided in the application is not true. There is no need to lie on the application as the information you provide both on the application and at the interview will be verified. If you changed your name between applying and winning, keep copies of your old passport so you can prove your name change.

A misspelled marital status can also revoke your green card, such as applying to the lottery as a married couple on the grounds that they will marry before the lottery result is announced. It is not right! The application must indicate the actual state of affairs, if you are not married now, then write so, even if you have a wedding planned in a month.

It is necessary to indicate data in the application and provide photographs of children, even if they were from a previous marriage, and they do not plan to immigrate with you.

One of the most notable mistakes is registration by country of residence rather than birth. Make sure that you indicate your country of birth in the application.

After filling out the questionnaire, you will receive a unique confirmation number participation in the lottery, it must be kept until the announcement of the results, and in case of winning - until the green card is received.

The official DV-2024 Instruction Manual from the State Department (in English) can be read here to register:. ForumDaily is working on a complete translation of this instruction, but for now, read Russian version for previous years. The main points are usually the same.

When to expect results

The results of the DV-2024 green card draw will be available from May 6, 2023 to September 30, 2024 on the website dvprogram.state.gov. Verification is carried out by confirmation number. In addition, until September 30, 2023, you can find out the results of the lottery DV-2023. The DV-2023 registration period ran from October 6, 2021 to November 9, 2021. DV-2023 participants must retain their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2023.

What then

Step-by-step instructions on what to do after receiving notification of a win

1. Fill in the visa application form

The site Consular Electronic Application Center you will need to fill out an immigrant 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.

If from the moment of registration for participation in the lottery you have changed the family composition (got married, gave birth to a child), then new members of the family should always indicate in their form DS-260, otherwise you can be disqualified.

For each family member - a separate form DS-260. This is an important nuance, and if you fill out one form for the whole family, then you immediately drop out of the “get a green card” marathon.

When the DS-260 form is full, the exposure page should be saved on the computer and then printed. It, among other documents, you need to take with you to the interview. The date of the interview will be sent to you after you fill out the DS-260 form.

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2. Collect documents

While the Kentucky Consular Center is reviewing your questionnaires and setting a date for the interview, do not waste time. Collect and translate into English the documents that you need. All documents that are not in English, must be accompanied by a certified translation. No notarization or apostille is required.

You need to prepare originals and translations of the following documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Diplomas confirming education
  4. Employment history
  5. Help that you do not have a criminal record. If you have lived in several countries, such references are needed from each country. If you have a criminal record, you can still qualify for a green card, but be sure to provide a certificate that you have already been punished.
  6. Marriage / divorce certificates
  7. For those who served in the army - military ID
  8. Statement of account
  9. Documents on the valuation of real estate
  10. Help with the work that you are an employee / owner of the company.

3. Health check

When they told you the date of the interview, it's time to undergo a medical examination. This can be done only in special certified centers, the addresses of which can be found at Online... The cost 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.

Passing a medical commission is needed to determine if you or someone from a family member has any diseases from the list that restricts entry to the United States. It includes, in particular, diseases of a mental nature, the active form of tuberculosis, leprosy, and others. Before 2010, HIV was included in the list, but now this virus does not interfere with obtaining a visa.

After passing a medical examination, you receive a sealed envelope, which must be handed to the consul during the interview.

4. Pass the interview

The medical board is behind us, the envelope for the consul is in our hands, the date of the interview has been set. For the interview, you will need originals and translations into English of all documents, the results of the medical examination and the invitation to the interview itself. On the spot, at the embassy, ​​you need to pay a visa fee - $ 330 for each family member. But this is not yet a guarantee that the coveted US visa is in your hands. An interview is no less important than the preparation of documents or a medical examination. However, you do not need to specially prepare for it and read some scientific treatises or everyday advice on the Internet. You will be asked household standard questions.

The main goals of the interview are to make sure that the people who came for the interview applied, to take fingerprints and check them with the database, to look at the results of the medical examination and check the availability of all documents.

If you have been interviewed, you will be issued a semi-annual visa. It is during the course of 6 months that all members of the family, or only the main applicant, will need to enter the US, otherwise the visa will be canceled. Also after the interview you will be issued a sealed envelope, which you need to give to the officer at the airport.

Important point: if the main applicant is unable to travel to the US, then without him the family also cannot enter the country.

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