Unlimited possibilities with the GreenCard
What exactly is the Green Card?The Green Card is the permission for unlimited residence and work in the U.S.A. This unlimited visa was first introduced in the Forties as “Alien Registration Receipt Card”. The first of these credit card sized IDs bore green writing and a greenish photo. Thus, the expression “Green Card” was coined and quickly became common. Meanwhile the Green Card has changed its color several times. For a while it had even been pink, since 1999 a light green shade is used again. More than 10 million foreigners are currently living in the U.S.A. on a Green Card.
The Green Card Program or DVLottery ProgramThe U.S. is proud to be country of immigrants. However, far more people are coming to the U.S.A. from certain countries than from others. Just those immigrating from Mexico, China and the Philippines are by far outnumbering those from most of the other countries accumulated. In order to maintain a diversity in the population, U.S. laws regulate immigration from particular regions of the world.
For this reason the U.S.A. do annually distribute 55,000 GreenCards randomly since 1994 in the annual DVLottery. The only prerequisite apart from the eligible native country is a certain level of education. You can find detailed information under “conditions for participation in the dvlottery”.
Excluded from winning a Green Card are only those countries with a rate of immigrants to the USA far above average over the last five years (more than 50.000 per country). But it is possible that these excluded countries can participate again in coming years.
Legal basisThe Diversity Visa (DV) dvlottery Program is based on §201 to 204 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990. You can find the complete text here. The Immigration and Naturalization Service INS determines the eligible countries and application rules based on a calculation laid down in a law. These rules can change from year to year.
History of the DVLottery Green Card ProgramSince 1994 the program has already been executed three times in February, once in November and three times in October. The responsible institution changed in 2000. The formerly appointed National Visa Center in Portsmouth had to hand the processing over to the Kentucky Consular Center, which since then is in charge for receipt and evaluation of the applications.
In the first year it was still possible to enter several applications per person into the DVLottery. This lead to a few persons applying hundreds of times and thus most probably receiving a Green Card. The effects were a completely overloaded institution and injustices in the distribution, as better off persons could file more applications. Since then each person is only entitled to submit one application per year and has to trust in Fortuna …
However, chances are still quite good: Since the US government introduced electronic filing in 2003, the numbers of applicants have declined from formerly 13 million to only 5.9 million per year! It seems that the new procedures increase the chances for applicants who still try their luck in the new lottery DV-2015!
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