The entry period for the 2010 Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery program, otherwise known as the Green Card Lottery, is now open. The window to submit your application begins noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4), Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and ends noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4), Wednesday, November 3, 2010.
The lottery is described by the US Government as:
The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Essentially the lottery is a window for people from around the world to apply for a green card to work in the USA. There are some requirements such as:
- every diversity visa entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
- natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2010: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
If you meet the initial criteria, you are eligible to apply for the lottery – but beware! There are many scams surrounding the lottery program, and some even charge you to apply for the lottery. The lottery is free to apply and the main websites you will need to visit are:
Main Application Page (free of charge to apply) – http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/
More Detailed Information about the Lottery – http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html
Keep to these websites, and good luck!