Just a few days: the results of the draw of green cards will be announced this week
Already this week - June 6 - with a delay of more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can find out the results of the DV-2021 green card draw, which took place from October 2 to November 5, 2019. This information will be available until September 30, 2021, reports U.S. Department of State.
The green card draw data should have been announced on May 5, but the date was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The State Department warned that postponing the announcement of the results of the draw will not affect the time for processing information and planning interviews for the winners of the DV-2021 lottery: all interviews must be completed by September 30, 2020.
How to check the status of your application
You can find out about the results of the green card drawing on the official website www.dvprogram.state.gov (former 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 page that opens you see a letter with a barcode and your data, you won.
Important! The Department of State does not send any electronic or regular letters with the results of the draw.
The only way to find out if you won the green card or not is to go to the official website yourself and enter your details. Remember that any other letters and messages, especially those that contain a request to make a money transfer, are fraud. Take special care if you have filed an application through an intermediary.
The green card is a certificate of a permanent resident of the United States who does not have the citizenship of this state. It, among other things, gives the right to work, benefits to education and the opportunity to apply for citizenship.
Until September 30, 2020 - on the same site - you can check the results of the drawing of green cards in the lottery for 2020 (DV-2020). 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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Winning is not a green card yet. What's next?
It is important to know that the mere fact of winning does not guarantee that you will receive a green card. For immigration it is necessary to fulfill the requirements that are presented 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.
Each year, the US government grants 55 immigrant visas, which are drawn in the Green Card lottery. There are always much more applicants - annually up to 9 million people participate in the drawing on average. And notifications of winnings are always received by more applicants.
The reason is that not everyone is completing what has been started to the end: someone is not ready to bear the costs associated with obtaining visas, someone does not go through a medical examination or interview, some applicants are refused because of incorrectly prepared documents. Therefore, the news that you won the green card is only a signal to the start of the marathon for about a year, but so far not a victory.
We also talked about what to do if you did not win the green card. In addition, remember that in addition to the Green Card lottery, there is at least nine other ways to stay in the US for permanent residence.
The first steps to getting a green card
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: full list is here. All documents that are not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation. No notarization or apostille is required.
A medical examination can be passed only in special certified centers, the addresses of which can be found on the website. 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.
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 visa to the United States is in your hands. An interview is no less important stage than preparing documents or a medical board. The main purpose of the interview is to make sure that it was the people who came for the interview who submitted the applications, fingerprints and verified them with the database, see the results of the medical examination and check the availability of all documents.
In addition, everyone who came to the United States should make several basic documents: bank cards, social security number and American ID.
A green card holder should definitely know about his rights and obligations - read in our material.
Both having a visa and owning a green card does not guarantee that you cannot be expelled from the United States. Exist legal basis for deportation green card holder from the USA.
You can also find out which 8 types of green cards and the grounds for receiving them valid for US immigrants.
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Success Stories ... and More
How successful immigration will be is also a lottery. Someone played for about ten years, someone was lucky the first time, and someone has the third green card for the family. A family from Belarus, a couple from Kiev and a very young girl from Lipetsk. All of them won the green cards in the lottery. ForumDaily chatted with those lucky oneswho already got a chance to move to America.
And here's another 5 completely different stories of peoplewho are lucky to win and get the right to live and work in America.
She told about her own work on mistakes after winning a green card blogger Alexandra Rusak.
Firyuza Gafurova, who 10 years ago left for the United States under the Work & Travel program (student program), remained in the States and won the green card - read her story here.
You may be interested in a success story. Odessa Lev Savitskywho won the green card - he became a photographer in the United States, his posters adorn Times Square in New York.
Read the story Hollywood producer Valerie Philwhich won the green card in the lottery and did not want to move for a long time.
Find out how Kazakhstani photographer, traveler and expedition participant Zhanat Aitkhozhin won the green card on the second attempt. is he shared helpful tips and details of the process - from the application to moving to the United States.
Some admit that the move could not be morally and financially pulled, and returned to their homeland. Starting life from scratch in a foreign country is not always as easy as it seems. ForumDaily readers who are fortunate enough to win the lottery but are unlucky to realize the American dream, told why they did not work out with the USA. And one more story about how a family left a good and well-to-do life in the United States - a country whose knowledge came down only to myths ... and returned home after 2 months.
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