A Green Card Lottery officially known as the Diversity Visa lottery is a permit allowing immigrants to permanently live and work in the United States Of America. Green card holders are known as permanent residents.
Applying for a Green Card is seemingly difficult, with many opting to participate in the Green Card lottery for a chance to win. There are different categories of Green Cards for different groups of people
Several fake sites have been misleading and even conning unsuspecting Kenyans by purporting to register interested persons seeking to relocate to the US through the green card lottery
Note that the registration for the green card lottery is usually done two years ahead, between October and November. Applicants are usually notified about the status of their applications, whether successful or not, through the US Department of State website (you are given a unique application code that you use for login).
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How the Green Card Lottery Works
At the National Visa Center, all entries received will be separated into one of six geographic regions and individually numbered.
After the end of the application period, a computer will randomly select cases from among all the mail received for each geographic region.
Within each region, the first letter randomly selected will be the first case registered, the second letter selected the second registration, etc.
When a case has been registered, the applicant will immediately be sent a notification letter by the National Visa Center, which will provide appropriate visa application instructions.
How to apply
Applicants should register online through the US State Department website during the thirty-day open registration, for free.
All applications are submitted electronically on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website during the specified registration period. No late entries or paper entries are accepted.
You are only required to apply once or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. If you submit more than one entry you will be disqualified.
After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. You must print the confirmation screen for your records.
You must retain your confirmation number. It is the only way you can check the status of your entry, and you will need it to obtain further instructions or schedule an interview for a visa if you are selected.