The USA Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery – commonly known as the Green Card Lottery – opened on October 2, 2012. Those who have previously entered the visa will be aware of the process, but for those who are new to it all, it is an online, fillable form which will put you in the running to win a coveted Green Card – permanent residency in the United States of America. Applications will close at 12:00pm EDT on November 3, 2012.
Some points to note about the lottery:
- There are simple – but strict – eligibility requirements. Qualification must be based on education, work, and other requisites. Each entrant must have a high school education or its equivalent, and two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
- There are varied numbers of Green Cards offered per country of citizenship. The number generally depends on general population as well as the need for this type of visa.
- Do not engage with any organisations or individuals who report to increase your chances in the lottery. The results are a matter of luck, and the only way to enter is via the Diversity Visa website.
- The State recommends that you don’t leave applications to the last minute. The rushed of last-minute entries usually result in server errors on the website, so the earlier you apply the better.
Last year, a total of 13,239 Australians entered the lottery (including spouses and children). Of that number, a total of 1,035 were selected to receive a Diversity Visa. For the 2012 visa program, the number was lower at 900, and in 2011 it was 683. There’s no way to predict what this year’s number will be, but given the recent trend towards increased numbers, there’s a good chance it may be higher for 2014.
For those Aussies out there looking to enter, we wish you the best of luck. If you’ve won in past years, we’d love to hear from you with advice in the comments below.