FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Green Card Lottery
The green card lottery is another way to acquire lawful permanent residence in the United States provided you are from a country which is underrepresented with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
When you apply for the green card lottery it is important to make sure every step is done correctly to avoid the possibility of disqualification.
For these reasons, many people ask common questions with regard to the green card lottery to ensure the process of application is done correctly and on time for the selection process.
If you have questions with regard to the green card lottery here are some of the common questions people ask when considering the application process.
When is the deadline for green card lottery applications?
Green card lottery application submission typically takes place between the first week in October and the last week in November of every year.
Typically when you submit your application there is a waiting period of up to one year. For example, if you submitted your application in 2012 the application is actually for the 2013 green card lottery.
Can I submit the application myself or should I use a submission service?
If you are absolutely certain you can submit the application correctly then it is possible to go through the process on your own.
However, if you are unsure about any aspects of the green card lottery process it is best to work with a trustworthy service like US Green Card Office that is knowledgeable on the submission process.
If any aspect of your application is done incorrectly it may disqualify you from the selection process.
How does the green card lottery selection process work?
Once your application is submitted the green card lottery service center goes through the applications and organizes them according to geographic area.
This usually results in six different groups before the applications are randomly selected using a computer-generated process. Once you are selected you will be notified of your selection by the lottery center.
Because the selection process is accomplished using a computerized system, any flaws in your application will be picked up by the computer and can cause you to be rejected from the process.
You will also face disqualification if lottery center staff finds missing information in your application.
How long after you are selected for the green card lottery can you apply for an immigrant visa?
The grace period for applying for a visa is defined by fiscal year. For example, if you are selected for the 2011 lottery you are allowed to apply for a visa between October of 2010 and September 30 2011. You must apply during this time frame after you have been notified of selection.
What if my country of origin is not an eligible country for the green card lottery?
If you are originally from a country that does not qualify for the green card lottery you cannot apply for the this years lottery. However, if you are married to someone who is from a qualifying country then it is possible to claim your spouse’s country as your country of origin and then you are eligible to apply for the green card lottery or you can apply and we will submit your application for first upcoming lottery where your country qualify.
What if I have citizenship status in a country that is eligible but it is not my country of birth?
If you hold a citizenship status or passport in a country that is eligible but you were not born in that country you cannot participate in the green card lottery. This is because the immigration laws state that you must be a native of the country which is eligible for the green card lottery.
These are a few of the common questions people ask when considering participation in the green card lottery. If you research the topic further you will find answers to other questions you may have when it comes to applying for the green card lottery.
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