Green Card Lottery Begins - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Green Card Lottery Begins

Published September 29, 2011

The annual US Diversity Immigrant Visa Program – more commonly known as the “green card lottery” – is about to start again, and applications can be filled out online.
A press release from the embassy states:

The U.S. Department of State will kick off the annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (more commonly known as the “Visa Lottery”) on October 4. Visa Lottery winners are eligible to legally live and work in the United States as permanent residents or “green card holders.” Visa winners are picked worldwide at random by a computer generated program. Last year fifty-six Icelanders won the Visa Lottery.
Applications for the Visa Lottery program must be submitted online between October 4 and November 5: www.dvlottery.state.gov. There is no fee to submit an application, but Visa Lottery winners are required to pay a processing fee as part of the visa application process. Detailed instructions and other information on the Visa Lottery program can be found on the U.S. Department of State website: http://travel.state.gov.

The State Department website does emphasise that entrants must have a high school education or its equivalent, or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
On this page, you can check out how many people from which countries qualified for the lottery last year.

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