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Green Card Lottery

diversity visa lotteryThe Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as the Green Card Lottery, is one of the most generous visa programs in the world. If someone wants to get a their Green Card, more officially known as becoming a Legal Permanent Residence in the United States, and they do not qualify through the more traditional methods of family or employment sponsorship you may be able to ‘win’ a Green Card.

Every year the U.S. government issues 55,000 Green Cards to people  from the more “unrepresented countries” in the traditional family-based preference categories.

You actually enter the lottery two years before you may potentially be eligible for your Green Card. If you are actual selected in the lottery or ‘win’, you do not actually get your green card. After being selected you need to apply for and receive your green card within a year of being selected so that means that not everyone who ‘wins’ the Green Card Lottery will in fact receive a Green Card.

In order to qualify for the Diversity Visa Lottery you must 1) be born in a qualifying country or have a spouse born in one 2) have completed high school in the U.S. or the foreign equivalent or have worked for two years in the past five that requires at least  two years of training or experience and 3) you must be admissible.

All applications are filled through the Department of State website and you have to attach a digital photograph.

Good luck and if you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

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    Paul C. Hannaford, Esq.Principal Attorney


    Paul is now a U.S. citizen, however, he was initially born in Hong Kong, Paul with dual citizenship in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. and he has held both a non-immigrant visa and been a green card holder. As Paul has personal experience with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, he and can empathize in all matters relating to U.S. immigration. It was through these experiences that led him to become an Immigration Attorney.

    Upon graduating from law school in the UK, Paul worked in financial services with Merrill Lynch in Ireland before pursuing a legal career. He has worked in both criminal and civil law before devoting his attention and pursuing his passion by focusing solely on Immigration Law.

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