Many dreams of winning the lottery, and if the prize for that lottery is a visa that allows you to become a resident of the United States, all the better. In today's blog we are going to be talking about Diversity Visas or the commonly called Visa lottery. Diversity visas are nothing more than visas granted by the State Department annually with the aim of promoting diversity and immigration from those countries with a low rate of immigration to the United States. The State Department grants up to 55,000 diversity visas a year. The selection is done randomly, considering the availability of visas in each region and in each country. Being selected does not necessarily guarantee that you will obtain an immigrant visa. There are certain requirements and steps that you will need to meet. First, you must have at least a high school diploma, or two years of experience in the last five years, in jobs that require two or more years of experience. You will also not be able to apply if you are from one of the countries that the State Department determines to have a high immigration rate. In the case of 2022 the department has determined that citizens of the following countries will not be able to apply: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and its territories, and Vietnam. Registration for the lottery begins when the State Department opens the call. You must register for the time established by the department. Registrations before or outside the established time will not be taken into account. Registration must be made on the website that the State Department enables for this. Submissions on paper or through third parties will not be considered either. When registering, all questions must be answered correctly and truthfully. Any incorrect or false information could prevent you from being the beneficiary of one of these visas. Always keep with you the registration number that is provided to you when completing the questionnaire. Without this number, you will not be able to know if you were selected or not. Neither the State Department nor the embassy will tell you if you were selected. Once the department announces that the selection has been completed, you will have to enter the website and check if your registration number was one of those selected. If you were not selected, your application does not carry over to the next year. If you want to apply again, you will need to fill out a new form. Generally, the beneficiaries of this visa are outside of the country, but they may already be in the United States. In both cases, the process to receive the benefit is different. Those outside the country will be able to apply for an immigrant visa, and those who are inside the country would apply for adjustment of status. You must always complete the process in the year in which the visa was granted, otherwise, you could lose this benefit. If you need help with your immigration case, call us today. The first consultation is free. In Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. we have the necessary experience to help you with your immigration case. Here, your problem is our problem.
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