Tomorrow the results of the DV-2022 green card lottery will be known: how to check them and what to do next
Tomorrow, on May 8, at 12:00 (New York time), participants in the DV-2022 green card lottery will be able to check the status of their application. The results of the lottery, which took place from October 7 to November 10, 2020, will be available until September 30, 2022.
A green card is a certificate of a permanent resident of the United States who does not have American citizenship. With it, you will simultaneously receive the right to work, educational benefits and the opportunity to apply for citizenship. But winning a lottery does not mean automatically issuing a green card, this is only part of the path to obtaining it.
First, you need to take 3 steps to become the owner of the won green card and successfully settle in the United States.
Step 1. Checking the status of the application
You can find out the results of the drawing already tomorrow, May 8, and 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.
The results can be found exclusively on this site and only on its own initiative - the State Department will not remind you of the draw and send any letters. Checking the status of the application is free. Any letters or emails inviting you to follow any link or make a money transfer are fraud. Be extremely careful, especially if you applied for participation in the lottery through an intermediary.
Until September 30, 2021 (on the same site) you can check the results of the drawing of green cards in the lottery for 2021 (DV-2021). After this date, persons who won the lottery will no longer be able to submit a corresponding application for a green card.
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Also keep in mind that the fact of winning does not guarantee that you will receive a green card. Every year, the US government allocates 55 thousand immigrant visas, which are raffled off in the green card lottery. There are always many more applicants - an average of up to 9 million people participate in the drawing annually. And more applicants are always notified of the winnings.
This is due to the fact that not everyone is ready to move. Someone may have problems with expenses related to visa processing, someone does not pass a medical examination or an interview, some applicants are refused due to incorrectly prepared documents. Therefore, the news that you have won the green card is only a signal for the start of a marathon about a year long, but not yet a victory.
For immigration it is necessary to fulfill the requirements that apply to immigrant visa applicants.
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.
ForumDaily also wrote about Is it possible to change family status during the raffle? and get a green card.
What if you did not win? We talked about how to be in such a situation. In addition, remember that in addition to the green card lottery, there are at least 9 other ways to stay in the USA for permanent residence.
It is worth trying happiness again. To do everything right the next time you draw green cards, pay attention to the most frequent mistakes made by the participants of the green card lottery.
On the subject: 5 common misconceptions about green cards
Step 2. The path to the green card
ForumDaily previously published step-by-step instructions for those who won the Green Card. Here are the key steps you will need to take.
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.
First of all, the winner should submit Form DS-260. But in most cases do not send profiles for at least a few months after winning the green card.
Necessary documents to be collected before the interview: full list is here... All documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. No notarization or apostille is required.
A medical examination must be passed only in special certified centers, the addresses of which can be found on the website. The price of this procedure is an average of $ 215 per family member planning to immigrate (in different countries the price may vary by $ 10-15), vaccination is paid separately. More on this Read in our material. There is no data yet on mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.
You will also be required to receive originals and translations into English of all documents, the results of a medical examination and an invitation to an interview. On the spot, at the embassy, you need to pay a visa fee for each family member. But this is not a guarantee that the coveted US visa is in your hands. An interview is no less important stage than preparing documents or a medical board. The main goals of the interview are to make sure that it was the people who came for the interview who submitted the applications, to take fingerprints and check them with the database, see the results of the medical examination and check the availability of all documents.
Step 3. New start in the USA
Everyone who came to the USA should make several basic documents: bank cards, social security number and American ID.
A green card holder should definitely know his rights and obligations - read in our material.
On the subject: How is life after winning a green card
You can also find out which 8 types of green cards and the grounds for receiving them valid for US immigrants.
The owner of the green card, along with the opportunity to constantly live and work in the United States, gets the right to reunite with his family. If he has children, spouse or spouse left at home, he may pick them up to america.
Remember: both having a visa and owning a green card do not guarantee that you cannot be expelled from the United States. Exists legal basis for deportation from the United States of the green card holder.
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