If you want to be a part of the American Green Card Lottery program, it is necessary to be born in an eligible country. Each year, the list of eligible countries is updated around September on the U.S. Department of State website. USAFIS is a company that aids and supports people who are interested in immigrating to the United States.
Nearly 75% of people in the world do not have permission to be a part of the Green Card Lottery. If you were born in a country that qualifies, you should consider yourself to be fortunate. Many people are not permitted to be a part of the DV Lottery because the United States tries to diversify its population and give foreign immigrants from all over the world the privilege to enjoy life in America. USAFIS has spent years helping hundreds of thousands of foreign immigrants learn how to correctly fill out their Green Card Lottery applications.
If your country is not permitted in the Green Card Lottery program, it’s likely that over 50,000 individuals from your country have been accepted into the U.S. within the last five years. By updating these countries each year, the United States makes it fair for all countries to be a part of the program. USAFIS is available to help people know if their country qualifies for the Lottery.
If you find that your country is not eligible for the American Green Card Lottery, know that there are some exceptions, as follows:
- If your spouse was born in a country that is eligible to participate in the Lottery, and he or she meets the work or education requirement, you can send an application to the DV Lottery in the name of your spouse, and if he or she qualifies, then you and your unmarried children under the age of 21 may also qualify.
- You might be able to claim “nativity” from your parents if one of them was born in an eligible country.
- If you meet the work or education requirements, and you were not born in an eligible country, but your spouse was born in an eligible country, you may be able to claim “nativity” from your spouse.
These are just a few of the exceptions to the Green Card Lottery that may be helpful. It’s likely that you have more questions, and USAFIS can help you get your answers. Contact them today to learn more.