The U.S. DOS has given guidelines for entry into the fiscal year (FY) 2022 diversity visa (DV) lottery, more commonly known as the “green card” lottery. The FY22 diversity lottery will allow up to 55,000 immigrant visas to qualified candidates. Enrollment for FY22 started from 7th Oct and will end up 10th November 2020, around early afternoon Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Eligibility Limited to Designated Countries
The purpose behind the Diversity Visa lottery is to give permanent resident status to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The initial step is to review the list of excluded nations of origin. Whose nationals are commonly NOT eligible to apply. Additionally, there are two exceptions to this rule: (1) people with a spouse who was born in a qualifying nation and, less commonly. (2) Certain foreign nationals who were born outside of their parents’ country of birth and residence.
Education / Work Experience Requirement
Diversity Visa (DV) lottery candidates are also subject to an educational or work experience requirement. Candidates must have at least a high school education (or equal), or two years of work experience within the previous five years in a qualifying occupation. Qualifying occupations are, per the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), those that require at least two years of training or experience. The instructions provide guidance on the qualifying education requirement. Also, know how to decide the amount of experience required for one’s occupation.
Instructions to Apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery
However, DV lottery registration is only possible through an assigned online portal. Candidates should read the guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) before finishing the enrollment. At the time of entering the lottery, the candidate must need a valid passport.
Applications must be finished and contain exact information with respect to marital status and names of family members. It is essential to incorporate any spouse and all living, unmarried children under 21 years old. Thus, the guidelines set out specific requirements for the submission of photos of the candidate and all listed family members (spouse and children). Failure to give all the data and photos requested will result in disqualification.
Confirmation Number Requirement
After the submission of a valid electronic entry, the confirmation page will guide the DV candidate to review the data. It will give the candidate an individual confirmation number. It is essential to hold this data to inquire to see if one was selected in the lottery.
Lottery Results Posted Online in May
After enrollment is finished, the DOS conducts a lottery to choose the candidates. Who might have the option to seek after permanent residence under the DV program. Utilizing the confirmation number mentioned above, a candidate can see the result of the case online starting from 8th May and ending September 30, 2022. The Entrant Status Check is the ONLY method by which the DOS notifies people regarding the DV lottery results.
Selection No Guarantee of Green Card
The DOS will give a limit of 55,000 DVs in FY22. Unused immigrant visas, if any, will not carry over to the next fiscal year. Since some of those selected in the lottery eventually won’t wish to finish the permanent residence process. Also, won’t be eligible to do so, the DOS selects far more than 55,000 lottery applications to better ensure that all of the available DVs are utilized. This implies “winning” the Diversity Visa lottery doesn’t ensure that one really will get a green card under the DV program.
Instructions After Diversity Visa Lottery Selection
The DOS gives extra instructions to people selected in the DV lottery on how to further pursue the green card process. Candidates who are abroad should process for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consular post abroad. Also, this is known as consular processing (CP). After the immigrant visa is given, the individual is allowed to travel to the United States. To gain admission as a permanent resident at a U.S. port of entry. People who are in the United States may choose to utilize CP or, all the more generally, file for adjustment of status (AOS), if otherwise eligible to do so.
Legal Advice and Assistance
Few specific procedural requirements attached to eligibility for both AOS and CP. Also, there are extra procedural varieties that are specific to the DV lottery program and strict timetables. The DV lottery entry process is proposed to be user friendly, and people typically complete their entries without the support of attorneys. Once selected, however, winners frequently seek immigration lawyers to help them with the CP or AOS processing.
Winning Requires Submission
Every year, numerous people become permanent residents through the Diversity Visa lottery program. However, individuals are not advised to depend on the lottery unless and until one completes the process of obtaining permanent residence.