Every year, a total of 50,000 green cards are given away through lottery process to the citizens of a country with low immigration rate. If you`ll be one of the winners to receive a permanent residential visa, you will be entitled to live and work in the United States. You are also entitled to bring any of your single children under the age of 21 and your spouse. How will you get the chance to win one of these green cards?

Check For Your Eligibility

First and foremost, you will have to check your eligibility. There are countries that are not eligible to enter the green card lottery. You have to make sure that you are qualified to apply. Make sure that you also have the job that qualifies you to apply for the program.

Diversity Visa Entry Form

When you have checked and you are qualified to apply, you must fill out a Diversity Visa Entry form. You must submit the form online since mailing it is not allowed. Only one application form for one person is needed; having two will automatically disqualify you from the program. Before you submit the form, make sure that you have answered all the questions correctly and all the information you have provided are true. After you submit your green card application, you will be notified electronically upon their receipt.


You are required to send a photo of your spouse and your children under the age of 21. If you have step children or adopted children, their photos must be included. Do not forget to send your photo as well. All these photos should be electronically sent together with your application. You will also be required to pay for the necessary fees upon the submission of your application.


After you have submitted all the necessary requirements, you will have to wait until all the 100,000 lucky winners are drawn. You will be able to check online if you have won. You will also be notified thru mail and email from UGCIS.

Formal Visa Application

100,000 lucky winners are drawn but only 50,000 will be given a green card lottery visa. You will have to race and finish the process. Only the 50,000 winners who will finish the process first will be granted a green card lottery. With no extra fee, you will be instructed on how you will officially file your formal visa application. You will also be scheduled for an interview. A notification will be sent to you through an email about where and when the interview will take place and the documents you need to bring. During the interview, you will be asked for the documents that they told you to bring.

You will then be notified if you are one of those 50,000 winners to get a green card. You will be receiving your green card once you have undertaken your oath of allegiance to the United States.

It may not be very easy to be one of the winners of Green Card Lottery but it`s still worth a chance. Who knows, you might be one of the lucky winners. Many people dream the “American dream” and they do what it takes to be a citizen of the United States. They dream of bringing their family to the country and having a good job, though it`s not easy but still it`s something they want. Having a green card even through lottery process is something to look forward to.