Foreign citizens wishing to legally immigrate to the United States without a visa sponsor have only a few days left to try their luck and secure a coveted U.S. green card.
The electronic entry period for the 2023 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, popularly known as the Visa Lottery, ends on Tuesday, November 9 at noon, but applicants are advised not to wait until the last one. minute to register.
Participation in the DV-2023 program is free and the application process is fairly straightforward.
The winners are determined by a random computer draw from the qualified entries.
The program, administered by the State Department, will issue up to 55,000 immigrant visas or green cards in 2023 to foreign citizens who qualify, are selected, and then be approved for an immigrant visa through a process. consular.
To participate in the draw, foreign applicants must meet simple but strict eligibility criteria, according to the State Department, which distributes immigrant visas among six geographic regions.
▪ First, applicants must be born in eligible countries.
Natives of the following countries are not eligible for the DV-2023 program: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan , Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela and Vietnam.
▪ Second, applicants must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, or two years of work experience within the past five years in an eligible field that requires at least two years of training.
How to participate in the 2023 visa lottery
Foreign nationals can register and submit their electronic registration only through the Consular Affairs Office webpage at dvprogram.state.gov.
According to the official 2023 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Instructions, “After submitting a full registration, you will see a confirmation screen with your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records.
Applicants must complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Registration Form (E-DV or DS-5501 Registration Form) online. Attempting to enter the program more than once automatically disqualifies the candidate, instructions warn.
The following information is required to complete the electronic application:
▪ Name – surname, first name, middle name – as it appears on the applicant’s passport
▪ Date of birth – day, month, year
▪ City of birth
▪ Native country
▪ Country of eligibility for the DV-2023 program
▪ Passport number
▪ Recent photograph (of the applicant, spouse and children) that meets the State Department Requirements
▪ Country of current residence
▪ Phone number (optional)
▪ Highest academic level achieved
▪ Current marital status
▪ Number of children
“We strongly encourage you to complete the registration form yourself, without a ‘visa consultant’, ‘visa officer’ or other facilitator offering to help,” authorities said with reference to unscrupulous visa facilitators who “are known to help new entrants with their entries, keep the printout of the confirmation page, then ask for more money in exchange for the confirmation number.”
How to know if you’ve won the Diversity Visa program
“From May 8, 2022, you will be able to check the status of your entry by going back to dvprogram.state.gov, by clicking on Checking the participant’s status, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information, ”read the instructions.
“You should use the Participant Status Check to verify if you have been selected for the DV-2023 and, if selected, to view instructions on how to proceed with your application. “
The Participant Status Checker will be available at least until September 30, 2023.
All winners, including their family members, must obtain an immigrant visa by September 30, 2023 in order to be eligible for a green card in the visa lottery category.
But first, those selected go through a strict consular interview process.
For those already residing in the United States with legal nonimmigrant status, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will be responsible for processing their request for adjustment of status.
Due to the huge volume of registrations expected, State Department officials urged participants not to wait until the end of the registration period to submit their registrations, as “high demand can cause delays in registration. the website”.
Last year, more than 13 million people around the world – applicants and their family members or “derivatives” – attempted to legally immigrate to the United States under the United States Immigrant Visa Program. diversity 2022.
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Daniel Shoer Roth is an immigration law journalist who does not provide legal advice or individual assistance to visa lottery applicants. Follow him on twitter @DanielShoerRoth Where Instagram. The contents of this story do not constitute legal advice.