Green card lottery

Among the various existing ways to obtain the green card , you can try your luck by participating in the lottery.

Each year, approximately 50,000 people around the world obtain a Green card thanks to the American administration’s lottery. You can easily participate in this lottery by registering online on the Internet. Secure your application as soon as possible to avoid missing the registration deadline.

Registration for the Green card lottery

Regardless of the site you use to register, winning a green card thanks to the annual lottery organized by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service requires going through different stages:

Your eligibility

You must have been born in an eligible country in the current year. The U.S. wants to maintain a mix of immigrant populations, so it doesn’t allow everyone to participate in the Green Card lottery program: natives of countries where more than 50,000 natives have immigrated to the U.S. in the previous five years are not eligible for this year’s drawing.

For the next session of the Green Card lottery, which will be DV-2025, natives of the following countries and regions are not eligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of KoreaVenezuela and Vietnam.

In order to be eligible, you must also have a bachelor’s degree or, failing that, have occupied during the last 5 years a position lasting 2 years or more, requiring a level of training or experience of at least 2 years.

Your registration

To apply for a Green Card, you’ll need to fill in a questionnaire and submit a photo for the Green Card that’s less than 6 months old, in the specified format. Once the form is validated, you can no longer make changes to it. Any mistake made leads to the elimination of your application, so remember to reread your answers.

The questions relate to your:

  • Civil status ;
  • Place of residence;
  • Email and phone details;
  • Level of studies ;
  • Family situation ;
  • Valid passport.

Since 2020, applicants are required to have a valid and unexpired passport to be able to submit electronically
the entry form. Previously, potential immigrants did not need a valid passport to register.

Lottery results for the green card

The results are posted annually on the Internet. To access it, log in using the username you created during registration. You will then know if you are selected or not. In the event of a positive response, a number will be communicated to you, it corresponds to the order of study of your file. Note that the selection interviews take place until September each year, then unconfirmed visas are redistributed.

If you are not drawn as part of the lottery, several solutions are available to you:

  • You can try your luck again the following year;
  • Attempt to obtain a Green Card by working or investing in the United States.
  • Obtain a Green card family connection through your marriage to an American citizen;
  • Turn to a USA visa;
  • Opt for ESTA, a quick and easy procedure available directly on the Internet.

For a stay of less than 90 days in the United States: It is not necessary to obtain a Green card. You can simply apply for ESTA. An ESTA is an Electronic Travel Authorization issued by the United States and valid for stays of less than 90 days. To obtain your certificate in a few minutes click on the online form.