The online registration dates and official instructions to the annual diversity visa aka the 'green card lottery' for 2014. The green card lottery registration period runs from noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 1, 2014, to noon, Eastern Standard Time (EDT) (GMT-5), Monday, November 3, 2014.
This program was sponsored because of the late Senator Edward Kennedy under section 203 (c) in the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1990 to assist even out the proportions of immigrants from different European countries which, at that time, were known as skewed and only immigrants from Latin America and Asia. The DV Program now awards 50,000 green cards annually to citizens of countries which are under-represented with regards to U.S. immigration visas. To meet the diversity goal, any country which includes admitted 50,000 immigrants into your U.S. within the last five years is just not eligible.
Roughly 100,000 'winners' will probably be chosen randomly by computer by May 1, 2015 for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad, or for a local USCIS office for all those living in the United States. Interviewees must bring proof education or operate in a qualifying occupation, birth and marriage certificates, and even more, including evidence there is a job standing in the United States or someone happy to pay their living costs until they locate a job to make sure they do not be a public charge.
Countries here ineligible with the upcoming season 2014 lottery ('DV-2016) are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its particular dependent territories, and Vietnam. Applicants born in most other countries considered to enter.
Those eligible for your green card lottery can register electronically for the official U.S. government website at: during the 30-day open registration period. Applicants also can register every time of year utilizing a highly rated lottery service. Ethical, fee-based lottery services represent a viable choice for several applicants who require or perhaps want the satisfaction knowing they have got help through the process from registering to finding an immigration lawyer if they win.
The green card lottery represents one in the few avenues for legal entry to the United States, for all those from African and Caribbean countries. But poorer non-citizens are without lobbyists, not to mention a significant quantity of supporters in Congress. For this reason the lottery may be on the chopping block for many people years by conservatives like Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) who comprehend the winners as being a threat to national security, as taking jobs faraway from Americans, or which the program admits a lot of 'undesirables' by way of a process of 'chain-migration.'
However, the amount of immigrants admitted to your United States from the lottery represents just 5% from the overall number. Independent immigration studies consistently show legal immigrants contribute to your economy, promote diversity, and help in reducing the deficit. The program insures itself via relatively steep fees charged to every one alien and loved one admitted to the USA.