Washington, DC (TDN) -- Thousands of applicants from across the globe will have the opportunity to secure green cards through the US government’s annual Diversity or “Green Card” lottery. The deadline for this year’s lottery is Saturday November 3, 2012.
To participate in the DV-2014 program applicants can view all the instructions including size of photographs to be submitted with the online application by going to https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ .
As in the past, the US government will grant 50 000 diversity visas to nationals of several countries including Dominica but excluding Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (Mainland-Born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom, (Except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories.
According to the US government, eligible applicants for the green card lottery must have either a high school education or its equivalent, or two years of work experience within the past five years.
The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Sometime after the deadline, successful applicants will be selected at random, thus giving an equal chance for all those applying to be selected. In the past, several Dominicans have received green cards under the program.
Undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. can enter the lottery but will be subject to the 5-10 year ban should they leave and try to return to the United States after living here illegally.
The government stresses that there are no fees to apply and have warned against fraudulent websites, which charges applicants to complete the application and in some cases even promises success.
Applicants are asked to read the instructions carefully since thousands of applications are rejected at the onset because of errors made in the submission process.