DV Lottery 2020 | Green Card Through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (3rd Oct – Nov 6th, 2018)

Posted October 11, 2018 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in DV2020 Green-card Lottery ~ 7,190 views


Green Card Through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The DV Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

Most lottery winners reside outside the United States and immigrate through consular processing and issuance of an immigrant visa. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.

Diversity Visa Winners Legally Residing In the United States: Apply Through USCIS

There are, however, a small number of lottery winners each year who, at the time of “winning the lottery,” are residing in the United States in a nonimmigrant or other legal status. For these winners residing inside the United States, USCIS processes adjustment of status applications. The following information applies to winners legally residing in the United States only:

Eligibility Criteria

For an applicant to adjust status under the DV Program, you must establish that you:
Have been selected for a diversity visa by DOS’s lottery;
Have an immigrant visa immediately available at the time of filing an adjustment application (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status); and
Are admissible to the United States.

Visa Availability

For visa availability, check the latest month’s DOS Visa Bulletin. Section B contains a chart showing the current month’s visa availability in the Diversity Immigrant category. The chart shows when the Diversity Immigrant cut-off is met. When the cut-off is met, visas will be available in that month for the applicants with Diversity Immigrant lottery rank numbers below the specified cut-off numbers for their geographic areas.

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Section C contains a chart showing the Diversity Immigrant category rank cut-offs for the following month, which represents the advance notification of Diversity Immigrant visa availability. As soon as a monthly Visa Bulletin is published, anyone with a lower rank number than the rank cut-off number shown in Section C is eligible to file for adjustment of status. This provides lottery winners the opportunity to file for adjustment of status up to six or seven weeks before a visa number can actually be allocated. This gives USCIS additional time to determine your eligibility for adjustment of status before the end of the fiscal year.

A Diversity Immigrant-based adjustment application cannot be adjudicated until a visa can be allocated, as indicated in the Visa Bulletin’s current Diversity Immigrant rank cut-offs for a particular month.

Application Process

To obtain a Green Card, you must file Form I-485.
Supporting Evidence for Form I-485
Submit the following evidence with your Form I-485:

Two passport-style photos

  • Copy of birth certificate
    Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
    Copy of passport page with nonimmigrant visa (if applicable)
    Copy of passport page with admission (entry) or parole stamp (if applicable)
    Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record
    Certified copies of court records (if the individual has been arrested)
    Copy of the principal applicant’s selection letter for the diversity visa lottery from DOS
    Copy of the receipt from DOS for the diversity visa lottery processing fee
    Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (if applicable)
    Applicable feesOther Considerations

The adjustment of status process for diversity visa winners must be completed by September 30 of the fiscal year the lottery pertains to. Visas cannot be carried over to the next fiscal year.

FRAUD WARNING: Fraudsters may send you emails claiming you’ve won the Diversity Visa (Green Card) lottery. Never send money to anyone who sends you a letter or email claiming you have won – learn how to protect yourself from scams.

Source — USCIS Website and VICE News!

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    I have been longing to study and live in USA

    julie nantongo

    i was longing to travel to the states. thank you GOD

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