In this week’s Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast, my partner, Anita Koumriqian, is joining us today as we discuss the annual Green Card Lottery called Diversity Visas.
Under the diversity immigrant visa program, 50,000 green cards are made available each year to people who are born in countries that have lower rates of immigration in the U.S. Similar to the H1-B lottery, it’s a pure random online lottery, but anybody can apply for it as long as their country is eligible.
Diversity green card candidates may apply either while residing outside the U.S. or while residing in the U.S. If you’re outside of the U.S., you go through the consular process. And if you’re in the United States, you can file the green card with USCIS as an adjustment of status, just like how all other green card applications are.
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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- Examples of countries that don’t qualify for this type of visa
- The crux of the diversity lottery program
- Eligibility requirements for diversity visas
- Application timeline, minimum number of submissions, and zero registration fee
- How to know that you’ve been selected and what to do next
- Applying for green card based on the visa bulletin
- Can your spouse and/or children come with the applicant?
- The interview process
- Things to look for in an attorney to help you with this process
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List of countries eligible for diversity visas
Alcorn Immigration Law:
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- Path to Green Card Handout
- Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast:
- Episode 27: How to Prepare for Visa and Green Card Interview
- Blog: Diversity Green Cards
- Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
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