The Visa Lottery Fiscal year 2023 already has a date. The Department of State (DOS) announced that the window for receiving applications will open this Friday October 6 noon And Close November 9 noon.
The deal offers 55,000 permanent legal residences (green card or green card) between millions of competitors from five continents, making it one of the largest competitors in the world.
This year’s exception is that Venezuela complained With countries authorized to participate Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Excluded from the list are Canada, China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and their territories (excluding Northern Ireland).
Why are they excluded?
The DOS Office on Diplomatic Affairs noted that countries that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the past five years have “been exempted from the visa lottery draw.”
The regulation also states that citizens of countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States are eligible to participate.
“If you are not a citizen of a country with historically low immigration rates, there are two other ways you can qualify,” he adds.
- Being the wife of a citizen from a country with historically low immigration rates to the United States; And
- If yes, as long as you and your spouse are named in the selected entry in the application, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth, qualify and earn one of 55,000 apartments.
DOS has been released on its digital page Competition rules, Whose applications will begin to be received electronically.
11 to 14 million competitors from around the world take part in the Visa Lottery Draw every year, which is completely free and you can only participate by logging in. State Department website Dates for opening and closing the application reception window.
The government recalled that, as with previous tracks, the Visa Lottery is only open to those who meet certain requirements, including high school or equivalent or two years of work experience or work experience.
Participants who do not meet the requirements “Do not join the DV-2023 program”, refer to the rules of the competition
To participate in the Visa Lottery 2023, the application must be completed in English. (The document will be available on the DOS website from noon on October 6).
The State Department warns that according to the rules of the competition, only forms submitted by noon on November 9 will be accepted.
“No application will be accepted after that deadline,” he said.
Those listed for the 2023 Visa Lottery Draw will be notified by mail between May and July 2022.
Since the draw in 2013, DOS has not sent pre-exam notices by e-mail. Now it does so through the US Postal Service.
With the announcement of the shortlist, the contestant receives the same set of instructions on the steps to be taken to complete the visa application process for the TV-2023 program.
Foreign Department registered in the last draw:
- 2016 Draw: 17,573,364 Participants
- Draw 2017: 19,344,586 Participants
- 2018 Draw: 23,088,613 Participants
What about the undocumented
It all depends on whether you are in or out of the United States and not always documented.
Nelson Castillo, an immigration law practitioner in Los Angeles (California), warns that many people think, “Winning one of the green cards is all about governing, not doing so.”
“If it’s within the United States, there are two possibilities,” he adds.
“If you have the best chance of going to the next level and applying for an immigrant visa and then getting a green card, you should evaluate it with the advice of a lawyer.
Castillo adds, “It’s important to determine if the person has immigration and / or criminal record before taking the next step, because if they leave and violate immigration law, for example due to undocumented presence, they will not be able to return, perhaps for several years.”
“Every case is unique, delicate and you have to be very careful,” he later said.
In the case of individuals who are undocumented, but have been outside the United States and have entered the second phase of the visa lottery, “they should also talk to a lawyer as they may have immigration and / or criminal records.”
“As in the first case, they should not present or send anything to the government without first consulting with legal counsel to evaluate the file,” Castillo explained.
“Many people think it is easy to stay away, they have already got a residence, but the requirements are met at the following stages and some are complicated,” he concluded.