The Diversity Immigrant Visa aka The Green Card Lottery

The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DIV) is a method for entering

the United States and gaining permanent residency via a government regulated lottery

drawing.This drawing is eligible to people of all nations of the world, except

those whose home country has seen at least 50,000 of its citizens immigrate to

the United States in the previous year.There are 50,000 of these types of visas

handed out annually.They are distributed on a regional basis, awarding the

nations with the least number of U.S.emigrants the largest number of visas.Still,

no single country is allotted more than 7% (3,500) of the total DIV visas.Residents

of the following countries are currently not eligible to register for the next

wave of DIV dispersal due to their emigration numbers: Brazil – Canada – China

(mainland-born) – Colombia – Dominican Republic – Ecuador – El Salvador –

Guatemala – Haiti – India – Jamaica – Mexico – Pakistan – Peru – Philippines –

Poland – South Korea – United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its

dependent territories – Vietnam To enter the lottery, the applicant must: be a

citizen of a country other than those listed above, and meet either the

education or work experience requirement of the DIV program.To meet the

education requirement the applicant must have either a high school education or

its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of

elementary and secondary education.To meet the criteria for the work

requirement the applicant must have at least two years of work experience

within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of

training or experience to perform.Ultimately, the U.S.Department of Labors ONet

online database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. While

this method of gaining a green card visa (permanent residency) is an attractive

option for someBusiness Management Articles, there are several other visa categories that interested

persons may be eligible for.One is commonly known as the EB-5 visa or Eb-5

Investor Visa.Qualified applicants can invest through a Federally Designated

Regional Center.If the investor and their investment fulfill the USCIS

requirements the investor can gain lawfull permanent residency in the United

States.

Originally posted at Work 2.0