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US Green Card Lottery 2022, How to Apply, Eligibility & New Requirements

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The US DVLottery, Popularly known as the American lottery or Green Card Lottery is a statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, administered under Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), that provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

Each year, 50000 diversity visas are given to the eligible countries but for the 2022 Fiscal Year, 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) are deemed to be available.

There is no cost to register for the DV program. Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa.

The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available

For Green Card DVLottery 2022 Application, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

DV Lottery 2021 Eligibility

Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter. If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.

  • Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.
  • Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2022 program.

Also, it is a must that, each DV applicant meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:

  • at least a high school education or it’s equivalent defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education;

OR

  • two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.

Entry period

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), October 7, 2020, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), November 11, 2020.

The law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.

NEW Requirement For Green Card DVLottery 2022 Application

Unlike the previous years, the 2022 entry requires an applicant to possess a passport before they can enter for the program. The passport must have a number, country of issuance, and expiration date for the principal entrant’s valid, unexpired international travel passport.

This requirement applies to the principal entrant only, not to dependents. You must enter valid international travel passport information unless you are stateless, a national of a Communist-controlled country, and unable to obtain a passport from the government of the Communist-controlled country or the beneficiary of an individual waiver approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State.

 

Entrant photograph(s)

  • Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children.
  • You do not need to include a photograph for 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.
  • DV entry photographs must meet the same standards as U.S. visa photos. Your entry will be disqualified or your visa application refused if the entry photographs for you and your family members do not fully meet these specifications or have been manipulated in any way.
  • Submitting the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year’s entry will result in disqualification.

Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)

You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, as long as it meets all of the standards below. DV entry photos must be of the same quality and composition as U.S. visa photos. You can see examples of acceptable photos here.

Do not submit a photograph older than six months or a photograph that does not meet all of the standards described below. Your photos or digital images must be:

  • In color
  • In focus
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50 percent and 69 percent of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
  • Taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
  • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Do not wear eyeglasses
  • If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.

Your uploaded digital image must also be:

  • In JPEG (.jpg) file format
  • Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size
  • In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)
  • 600×600 pixels in dimension

Scanned exiting photo must be:

  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
  • Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)

You can use the Department of State’s free photo tool to:

  • select a digital image stored on your computer
  • resize and rotate it if necessary
  • crop it to a square image of exactly 600 x 600 pixels

Selection of Applicants

Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries.

All DV-2021 entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2021 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program.

Entrant Status

The check will be available on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov beginning June 6, 2021, through September 30, 2021. If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page providing further instructions, including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States.

Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection for DV2022.

  • The Department of State will not mail notification letters or notify selectees by email.
  • US. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees.
  • Individuals who have not been selected also ONLY will be notified through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.
  • You are strongly encouraged to access Entrant Status Check yourself. Do not rely on someone else to check and inform you.
  • In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. The DS-260, Online

All selectees, including family members, must be issued visas by September 30, 2021. Under no circumstances can the Department of State issue DVs nor can USCIS approve adjustments after this date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date.

Visit the official page here or go to the application page here. You can also download the 2021 DVLottery Guide here for more information.

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