How to Apply For Green Card Visa Lottery and Get Legal Residence in the United States

The American Green Card Lottery DV2012 is held annually by the Department of State. It is open to people who would like to become legal residents of the US. Those who would like to apply can complete the application over the internet from October 2 2010 to November 30 2011 in the Eastern time zone of the United States.

Do You Qualify?

Each applicant is screened for eligibility and must meet requirements that are set by the State in order to be granted residency in the Green Card Visa Lottery. Those who apply must be born in and reside in a country that is eligible. Individuals who are from a country that does not qualify may possibly qualify if his or her spouse is from a country that is eligible by using the spouses native country. The couple must have visas and enter the US jointly.

Countries in Europe eligible for the USA legal residency lottery include Northern parts of Ireland, Denmark, Albania and Belgium. Some areas of United Kingdom are not eligible for the event. Individuals who were born in and reside in the Bahamas can apply but residents of Mexico as well as Canada are not eligible. People who are in Australia are eligible to enter. Countries in South America which are eligible include Panama, Antigua, Honduras and Argentina. There are many other countries that are also eligible.

Every applicant must meet requirements set by the Department of State. The requirements set by plan administrators include having a higher level of education with a minimum of a High School diploma or have a minimum of two years of working experience. The experience level an applicant has must be recent and within the previous five years.

Entering the Immigration Lottery

The application is know as the Electronic Diversity Visa and must be submitted by all individuals who wish to enter it. Ensure you send only one application as you will be disqualified if duplicate applicants are received by the Department of State administrators. You can complete the form yourself or have another person complete the form for you. A confirmation will be displayed if the completed application has been sent successfully. The successful completion page will also have a confirmation number for reference. The lottery administrators will not accept applications that are hand filled and mailed in. All applications must be sent digitally.

Every application must have a photo submitted. This is important to have the entry processed. Just like the application, a photo must also be digitally submitted by every person who wishes to enter the lottery. If you are entering other members of your family, you must include one photo of each. Photos with family members together in one photograph do not qualify. Children of the person entering the lottery who are already citizens do not need to supply a picture.