First, check your eligibility status. If you are eligible, you need to fill the form I-485 which is an application to register as a Permanent Residence in the US. Also, you need to provide the essential supporting documents and pay the prescribed fees. Once you fill all the required documents & pay the fees, USCIS will review your application & schedule an interview with you.
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What is a US Green Card?
A US Green Card is a permit that allows you to emigrate to the United States of America. It is the identification card for people from outside the US who want to live and work in the US permanently.
How is it different from a nonimmigrant US visa?
With a nonimmigrant US visa, you are dependant on your job or your purpose of stay in the US. With a Green card, you get the freedom to work and live in the US for as long as you want.
Where can you apply for a Green card?
The application of Green Card is taken care of by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
You can obtain a Green card by three means:
Green Card Lottery
Out of the three, the easiest way to get a Green card is by winning in the Green Card Lottery. This process of application is quicker than the other processes. You just have to get lucky.
What is the Green Card Lottery?
This lottery program is run by the United States government. It is also known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa program.
The lottery takes place every year and 50,000 immigrant visas are made available to people from all over the world. As per reports of 2017, more than 20 million people apply for US Green card lottery every year.
Where can you apply for it?
The application for Green card lottery is carried out by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The application process is online and can be done on the E-DV Website. There is no charge for registration. You just have to fill the online application to take part in the lottery.
When to apply?
Although there isn’t any announcement of the exact date, registration for the lottery usually begins in early October and continues till early November.
The Green card lottery 2020 registration period opened on October 3, 2018, and closed on November 6, 2018. The entrants of this lottery need to keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2020.
How to stay safe from scams?
There are many websites on the internet which claim to be US government sites and deceive people by charging them for the application. The best way to save yourself these kinds of scam websites is to apply for the lottery only at the Dept. of State website.