What is the Diversity Visa Lottery, and how do I know if my relatives from Chile qualify?

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Yes, Chile is on the list of countries whose residents qualify for entry in the DV-2016 lottery this year. According to the U.S. law of immigration, the Permanent Resident Card, also popularly known as a green card, is a visa to the United States that allows card holders to live, study and work in the United States the next 10 years. Permanent Resident card holders can travel freely in and out of the United States and are entitled to education, healthcare and other rights in the United States.  An immigration attorney can take a lot of worry out of the process for completing an entry to the Diversity Visa Lottery.  Call The Law Office of Stephen M. Corby today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable immigration lawyers.

The DV Lottery immigration program is administered by the State Department and grants 50,000 Permanent Resident cards each year to individuals world-wide that entered the DV Lottery. Winners of the DV Lottery immigration program are chosen randomly by a computer drawing conducted by the United States Department of State.

This year’s (2014) DV Lottery is called the DV-2016 Lottery, where 2016 is the year the winners may enter the United States on their new permanent resident card they won in the DV Lottery. Most individuals 18 years and older worldwide, qualify to enter the DV Lottery.

If you would like to enter the DV-2016 Lottery, you must be born in a country that qualifies for the DV lottery and you must have education or work experience that qualifies for the DV2016 Lottery.

Entry period

Entries for the DV-2016 program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between Tuesday, October 7, 2014, and November 3, 2014. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The State Department uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Multiple entries are disqualified.  The 50,000 permanent resident cards (green cards) will be granted to the winners in January 2015.

 Here is an overview of the two eligibility requirements:

1) Applicant or spouse must be born in country whose natives qualify. (Chile is a country that qualifies for 2016.)

2) The applicants must meet the education/work experience requirements of the DV program, which are a high school education or equivalent OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform

Applicants submit their Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at www.dvlottery.state.gov.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.

Again, please call Corby Law’s immigration law office today for a consultation. The process for application can be facilitated with the assistance of a qualified immigration lawyer.  Applicants must submit a complete electronic entry. No paper entries for the lottery are accepted. All incomplete entries are automatically disqualified.  Information on the entry must follow additional requirements and specifications.  For example, photographs of military, airline or other personnel wearing hats will not be accepted.  In addition, your relatives may still be eligible even if they were not born in a qualifying country. We can provide you with a list of these requirements.

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