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Aug 6, 2008
Does my application have to be written on a typewriter or a computer? Can it be filled by hand? long as the necessary information is given in the right format, the application form can be prepared with blue or black pen and a legible hand-writing.

Can more than one person from a family apply for the Green Card lottery? Yes. Each of them has the right to apply for individually. However, they cannot sign for each other. Each must sign his/her own application. The applicant should attach his/her own, his/her spouse's and all children's ( including those who were adopted by law and step children) newly taken photographs, even though they do not reside with him/her.All applicants must be citizens of the countries which are eligible to apply for the lottery.

How long is a Green Card valid for? If you received your Green Card through marriage, and have not been married for two years when you got your Green Card, you should have a conditional Green Card that is good for two years. Also, if you received your Green Card through investment (EB-5), you should have a conditional Green Card for two years. You must apply for removal of the condition within 90 days before the two years are up. Once that is approved, you have a regular unconditional Green Card.No, supporting documents (i.e., birth, marriage, education certificates, etc.) only need to be produced if you are selected in the Green Card Lottery.

During the application period for DV-2006 Lottery, can more than one application be made? No, the laws states that candidates have the right to apply for the lottery only once. Applications can be made by themselves or by others. Those who filled more than one application form will be disqualified. In case it is found out that the candidates have applied more than once when the winners are selected or during the interview for the visa, they will be disqualified. Candidates may apply for the program each year but it must be within the period of application which lasts a month.All applicants must be citizens of the countries which are eligible to apply for the lottery.

Is it necessary to appoint a lawyer or a consultant? Appointing a lawyer or a consultant depends merely on the candidate's decision. The process of applying for the Green Card lottery can be completed by the applicant, following the basic instructions but receiving assistance might also be preferred. There are organizations that provide service with reasonable prices and sometimes it is possible to receive assistance, sometimes for free. On the contrary, there are ones which demand very high prices with unrealistic claims.No, the laws states that candidates have the right to apply for the lottery only once. Applications can be made by themselves or by others. Those who filled more than one application form will be disqualified.

Are there any changes in the conditions regarding last year? On August 1, 2001 two changes regarding last year's conditions were announced, related to the photograph added to the application forms and the address of the sender. Furthermore, adequacy and equivalence for the condition, ""within the past 5 years, a work experience of at least 2 years in a job which requires specialty and experience with at least 2 years education"" will be determined as to the criteria of the U.S.A. Department of Labor. ( You can visit the web site Each of them has the right to apply for individually.
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