UPDATE: Wednesday 6th of October 2021
The 2021 DV-2023 program is not affected by the COVID-19 crisis around the world. The program will be available from today, and all applicants should get their applications submitted as soon as possible.
We encouraged you to access your Green Card Application account and check that your application is ready for submission if you have already applied, uploaded your photo and passport information.
If you have not submitted your application yet, you must act immediately to avoid missing the upcoming deadline.
Please read more about the DV-2023 deadlines here: Diversity Visa Lottery Deadline DV-2023
The Green Card Program is not permanently affected by COVID-19
The world has changed since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has changed our perspective of hygiene and health, disrupted our work life, created social barriers of sorts, and even taken a toll on our mental health. But there is one thing that has not changed, and that is the Green Card Lottery.
That’s right! Covid-19 has failed to permanently affect the Green Card Lottery.
If you have applied for the Green Card Lottery – officially known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery, you still could be one of the 50,000 winners who get a Green Card – the Permanent Residence Visa to the United States of America.
President Trump’s 60-day temporary immigration ban and its effect on the Green Card Lottery during the COVID-19 pandemic
Recently, the US Department of State hinted at delays in processing the Green Cards of the Green Card Lottery Winners because of COVID-19. There might be a temporary suspension of visa appointments and in-person services at USCIS. However, this does not mean that the winners will not get their US Green Cards – the process will merely be delayed until the current pandemic situation subsides.
The temporary ban is announced to protect the American people as well as immigrants who move to the United States. The good news is that the 60-day suspension coincides with the closure of embassies and consulates throughout the world. As well as that, the Green Card process is a long-drawn one that takes several months to complete. The pandemic would have subsided by then, and the American Embassy and the USCIS will be opened and running on a regular schedule long before that.
The Green Card Lottery is held every year. Applicants are expected to complete and submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid missing any deadlines. With Trump’s temporary immigration ban and the pandemic bans across the world, there could be a fluctuation in government processing of applications that could have a minor impact on the lottery. Diversity Visa Applications might not be processed within the fiscal year or will be delayed for a bit.
Will the temporary ban affect the 2019 (DV-2021) announcement?
The Department of State is postponing the announcement of the Diversity Visa Lottery winners for the DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020.
The Department’s resources are currently being used in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and are prioritized for the assistance of U.S. citizens overseas. The delayed winner notifications will not negatively impact the ability to pre-process and schedule DV-2021 interviews, which are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020. From June 6, 2020 you will be able to check if you are one of the lucky winners in the Winner Status checking system.
Will the temporary ban affect the 2020 (DV-2022) submission deadline?
No, The Diversity Visa Lottery is open, and we are now accepting applications. Please submit your application as soon as possible, as the Green Card Program is in very high demand this year. To avoid missing the deadline it’s important you get your application, passport information and digital photo(s) submitted on time. Get your application approved now. Apply Online Today
What is the Green Card Lottery?
The Green Card Lottery is the popular name for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery. Under this scheme, 50,000 Green Cards are issued to people from across the world. The lottery draw takes place through a random computer-generated draw. Anyone born in one of qualified countrys can apply for the lottery. The program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
This is a superb opportunity for immigrants and those who want to settle in the USA to get a Permanent Resident Card or Green Card without going through the tedious and long process.
America opens her doors to people from all over the world regardless of color, caste, or creed to maintain its rich diversity status.
If you wish to permanently settle down in the United States, try your luck in the Green Card Lottery.