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Secure Your U.S. Residency with the Diversity Visa Lottery

Sapochnick Law Firm recognizes the unique opportunity presented by the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, commonly known as the Green Card Lottery, which opens the door to U.S. residency for 50,000 individuals annually. We can guide you through the process, maximizing your chances to call the United States home.

Eligibility Criteria for the Diversity Visa Lottery

Each year, the State Department conducts the Green Card Lottery, targeting individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. These 50,000 coveted spots are distributed across various global regions, ensuring no single region dominates the selection.

Determining Country of Eligibility

Most nationals are eligible to participate; however, natives from certain countries are excluded due to higher rates of U.S. immigration. The list of ineligible countries changes yearly based on updated immigration statistics and population ratios.

It's important to note that eligibility relies on your country of birth, not residency. Your eligibility may still be possible under specific circumstances if your country of birth disqualifies you.

Alternate Paths to Eligibility

Should you hail from an excluded country, alternatives exist:

  • Claim eligibility through your spouse’s country of birth, provided they qualify for and obtain requisite visas, and enter the United States with you.
  • If your parents were born elsewhere or did not reside in your country at your birth, you could claim their country of nativity.
Educational and Professional Requirements

Applicants need a high school education or its equivalent or two years' work experience in a field demanding two years of training. Proof of financial stability in the United States is pivotal, yet employment offers prior to arriving are not mandatory.

Application Procedure for the Diversity Visa Lottery

Eligible applicants can submit one entry per year. Multiple applications lead to disqualification. Each annual application window has specific deadlines; please consult the State Department's website for accurate details. Applications, with required digital photos, must be filed online. Beware of any entities imposing fees or promising "insider" assistance; the official application is free of charge and straightforward.

Should you not succeed, your application will not carry over to the following year and must be re-entered.

Post Lottery Winning Steps

Winning the lottery does not guarantee a Green Card. Due to oversubscription and processing delays, immediacy is vital. As legal professionals, Sapochnick Law Firm can efficiently navigate you through post-lottery procedures and enhance your chances of securing residency.

Additionally, proving financial self-sufficiency and admissibility to the U.S., regarding health, security, and legal considerations, is essential.

Guidance and Support for the Diversity Visa Lottery

The Sapochnick Law Firm is dedicated to assisting you throughout the application process for the Diversity Visa Lottery. For comprehensive instructions and updates on the latest lottery, visit the State Department's website at

To discuss your options and how we can serve as your trusted partner in securing your dream of living in the United States, connect with us at 619.819.9204. Our team at Sapochnick Law Firm is committed to making your American dream a reality.

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