In order to participate in the USA Green Card Lottery, an individual must be born in a country that is currently eligible AND have at least a high school education OR have certain job experience that meets the requirements established by the American Government.
for the Green Card Lottery from recent years
Each year, millions of people from virtually every region of the Earth apply to participate in the US Diversity Visa program to immigrate to the United States. Out of the several million applicants who actually take part in the Green Card Lottery, approximately 100,000 applicants are randomly selected from across the planet to continue this competitive process to obtain one of the 50,000 USA Green Cards made available by the American Government each year.
Millions of individuals dream of immigrating to the USA through the DV-Lottery program and enjoying the opportunities available in America. Unfortunately, there are several scams each year that fraudulently inform susceptible individuals that they have won a Green Card, and try to trick them into sending money “to the US Government” via Western Union (or other means) to pay government “processing fees,” etc.
When discussing immigration to the United States through the American Diversity Visa program, often there are important terms used that may not be familiar to people who are not US citizens (and many Americans might not even understand some of the immigration-related lingo!). Our alphabetized glossary of immigration terms and definitions can help to clarify the procedures involved in applying for and obtaining a USA Green Card.
One of the many benefits that Green Card holders enjoy, in addition to being able to live, work and study freely in the United States without any time constraint, is that they also have the option to apply for American citizenship after living in the USA as permanent residents for five years and meeting other US Government requirements.