Global Education

Dear International Students:

The 2013 Diversity Lottery (otherwise known as the Green Card Lottery) information has now been posted to the US Department of State web site. If you are interested, please review the information below. In addition, you will find further information and instructions on the US Department of State’s website (link provided below). Please note, citizens of several countries are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for the Diversity Lottery – we have provided a list of those countries below.

Best wishes

Eric Merchant and Tracey Culbertson

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Diversity Lottery – “Green Card Lottery”:  Instructions for the 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery have been published. This program provides a maximum of 50,000 permanent visas (annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States). For fiscal year 2013, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. All “qualified” persons wishing to register for the opportunity to apply for a US immigrant visa under the terms of the DV-2013 Visa Lottery must complete an Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) Entry form available at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ during the registration period which begins at Noon EDT on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and ends at Noon EDT on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Please read all instructions carefully, especially the section concerning submission of digital photos with the application.  Those of you who are interested (and eligible) should review the “Instructions for the 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV 2013)” available on the US Department of State web page at   http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2013_instructions.pdf .

SPECIAL NOTE:  Natives of the following countries ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY because they sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the US in the previous 5 years:  Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.  However, persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

Please keep in mind that an attorney (or any other party) cannot increase your chance of “winning” this lottery. Furthermore, winners will be notified by mail by the Kentucky Consular Center not by any other party. Please do not fall prey to one of the email scams designed to extort money by claiming that the email recipient has been “selected” as one of the “lucky lottery winners” and requesting the immediate remittance of “processing” fees”.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions concerning this program. I hope that this information proves useful to a few of you.

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