The U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs published the start and end dates of the 2013 diversity visa lottery and eliminate Nigeria as a visa-eligible country.
Green card lottery registration runs October 1 to November 2, 2013
Online PR News – 19-September-2013 –The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs recently announced the online registration dates and official instructions for the diversity visa (green card lottery). The only major change is that those born in Nigeria are now ineligible to apply.
Approximately 100,000 “winners” will be chosen randomly by computer on May 1, 2014 for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad or at a local USCIS office in the United States. Of those, only half will be selected to receive a visa.
Those eligible for the green card lottery can register electronically at the official U.S. government website at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ during a 30-day open registration period from: noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, to: noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 2, 2013. Or, applicants can register immediately using a highly rated lottery service.
Eligibility is determined by country of birth (not country of residence). Applicants must also meet certain personal requirements. This includes having at least the equivalent of a U.S. high school education or work experience within the past 5 years in one of the qualifying occupations listed in the Department of Labor’s O*Net database.
Countries and islands ineligible for the upcoming calendar year 2013 lottery are: Anguilla, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Columbia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, South Korea, St. Helena, Turks And Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), Vietnam were all ineligible.
Applicants born in all other countries are eligible to enter the lottery.
There is no charge to enter the lottery. However, determining eligibility is complicated enough for some, or applicants have special circumstances or issues with their photographs, that many get third party assistance. This includes how-to guides, using a fee-based lottery service, or obtaining help from U.S.-based immigration attorneys. Fees can run from under $100 for one person for one year to over a thousand dollars for multi-year family-based applications with airline tickets for winners and other options.
According to Steve Wilson, Founder of Creative Networks, “Third party assistance can also ensure that U.S. government-issue confirmation numbers are not lost, since the time between entry and status checking for winners is 6 months.”
Holger Zimmerman, President of The American Dream, a leading green card lottery service provider, added: “the American Dream offers a wide range of useful services for Green Card Lottery applicants that are not available directly from the U.S. government. Discounts are available for those who register early.”
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