There have been so many emails requesting information about the 2017/2018 USA Green Card Lottery, and we have made this post to put all interested readers through on how to go about the Green Card Lottery application for the year 2017.
The USA Green Card Lottery is an annual lottery run by the U.S. Department of State to allow about 50,000 people a chance to get a permanent resident visa to the USA. The visas provided under this program are reserved for natives of countries that have a traditionally low rate of immigration to the U.S.
It is good to note that the 2017/2018 USA Green Card Lottery application will last for about one month, and it is very important to read this post very well as to avoid errors while filling the application form as you can be disqualified for not filing the forms correctly.
2017/2018 USA Green Card Lottery- HOW TO APPLY
It is good to know that once you open the USA Green Card Lottery application form, you will only have 60 minutes to complete and submit it, and it is not possible to save the application for later submission. In order to be able to complete the application in 60 minutes, it has been advised to gather the following information as they will be needed.
- Your name, exactly as on your passport
- Your birth date
- Your gender
- The city where you were born
- The country where you were born (as the country where your birth city is located is called today)
- The country you can claim for eligibility for the program
- Your mailing address
- The country where you live today
- Your phone number (optional)
- Your e-mail address – make sure this is an e-mail address you have direct access to
- The highest level of education you have achieved, as of the day you are filling out the application
- Your current marital status — provide the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth of your spouse. Visa applications based on a same-sex marriage are now treated the same way as opposite-gender spouses if the marriage took place in a jurisdiction where such marriages are legal.
- Information regarding your children – name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children under 21 years old, regardless of whether they are living with you or intend to accompany or follow to join you should you immigrate to the United States. Your children include all living natural children, children legally adopted by you, and step-children who are unmarried and under the age of 21 on the date of your electronic entry, even if you are no longer legally married to the child’s parent, and even if the child does not currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you.
Having gathered these information, you are good to fill the 2017/2018 USA Green Card Lottery, Go to https://www.dvlottery.state.gov and click “Begin Entry.”
Note that you are expected to provide a recent photograph of yourself, your spouse, and all children listed on your entry. You do not need to include a photograph of a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do. You must submit a photograph for each individual – group photos are not permitted. If the photos were not taken with a digital camera, you can scan the non-digital photos into your computer or have someone else scan them and email the image to you.
After filling the form, you are not to close the page as you are expected to receive a message confirming that your application has been submitted. In that message, there will be a confirmation number. Print the confirmation page, if possible, and avoid misplacing it as it will be used to check the lottery results.
2017/2018 USA Green Card Lottery Results
You can access the results by clicking on the Entrant Status Check link on the lottery website, www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/. You will need your confirmation number, last/family name, and year of birth to check your status. Keep in mind that if you have not been selected, you should check again at a later date as there may be another drawing.
- There are no fees for applying for the lottery. However, if you are selected, there will be fees associated with obtaining a visa. You will be directed to pay these fees in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, not through the mail or a wire service.
- Don’t wait until the end of the application period to apply. If you wait until later in the application period and there is a technical problem or the system is otherwise slow because of the number of people trying to use it, you could miss the deadline.
- For those applying during the 2013 application period, all but the following countries were eligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. The 2012 list was the same, except that Nigeria was eligible.
- You can only apply for the lottery once during an application period. However, both you and your spouse may file separate applications. This means that you could be selected either through your own application or as a derivative on your spouse’s application.
- You can apply for the lottery from anywhere – the U.S. or any other country.
- If you can’t find your confirmation number when looking up your status using the Entrant Status Check, you can click “Forgot Confirmation Number” on the Enter Entrant Information page. You will need to know the program year (the year you filed your application), and the applicant’s name, date of birth, and email address, as provided on the application