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DV2009 - The Fundamental Truths behind the Green Card Lottery

Feb 25, 2008
Sometimes, people become too eager to win Green Cards or Permanent U.S. Residence Visas that they tend to overlook some important points that will help them identify whether or not the DV2009 Green Card Lottery that they have joined is lawful and real.

With so many aspiring immigrants joining the Green Card Lottery online, some people have also taken the opportunity to make profit out of them. So, to help you avoid falling for the numerous existing Green Card Lottery scams in the Internet, some facts about this Diversity Visa Program of the U.S. State Department that you need to know are enumerated below:

The real DV2009 U.S. Diversity Visa or Green Card Lottery Program happens every year.

Joining the lottery and applying online is absolutely FREE.

The computer randomly selects 110,000 eligible applicants. But only the first 50,000 of these will be issued Green Cards provided that they are able to comply with the requirements in processing the visa.

Besides the English language, instructions are also provided in French, Arabic, Romanian, Bengali, Spanish, and Russian for the convenience of the diverse applicants.

The local U.S. Consulate or Embassy can help you to translate and comprehend the things written in the application. This benefit from the U.S. Government DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU A FEE.

An agent or a lawyer is NOT NECESSARY when you are filling out the application form as it will only ask for the name, birth date, gender, city/town of birth, country of origin or birth, picture, street address, e-mail address (optional), and phone number (optional) of the applicant. The name, birth date, gender, town/city of birth, country of origin or birth, and photograph of the spouse/children are also asked.

Some countries are considered eligible to join the DV2009 lottery. However, this year's list of these countries may not be the same with last year's so it is best to check out your country's eligibility for the actual year when you will apply.

There are education and/or training requirements for one to qualify. If a selected applicant does not meet any of this, he/she will not be granted a Green Card. Although the educational/training background does not help one win the lottery nor does it increase one's chances of winning, such qualification is vital because the U.S. wants to ensure that the chosen diverse immigrants will get high-quality careers once they reach the U.S.

Only one DV2009 entry can be sent per year, otherwise, you will be disqualified. However, you can fill out application forms annually.

The U.S. does not send notifications via e-mail, but through surface mails only.

Before joining any Diversity Visa Program, it is crucial that you first examine the reliability and accuracy of the government website that offers such lottery to avoid false assurances and futile effort on your part
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Min Zhu, an author and mother who immigrated from China.
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