Austrians & The Green Card Lottery
USA holds an eminent place in terms of immigrants
moving each year to live and work there, and the
government invites immigrants from all over the world
through the Green Card Lottery, making it accessible for
everyone to apply for a green card and live in a country
that is the home of diversity.
Yes, you can be one of the people winning the lottery this year;
all you have to do is apply.
What is the Green Card Lottery?
The Department of State holds the Green Card Lottery,
officially known as Diversity Visa Program each year
in order to make it easier for immigrants wanting to
live and work in US.
The diversity visa program grants 55,000 residence visas
to the natives of eligible countries from around the globe
and the winners are chosen by random computer selection.
These people must strictly meet the requirement criterion.
This lottery stands as the golden opportunity for those who
wish to permanently live and work in US.
Eligibility of Austria for the green card program
Austria, being one of the countries that have lower rates
of immigration in the previous years falls in the list of
countries eligible to apply for the green card through the
Diversity Visa Program this year.
This is in contrast to countries that have sent more than
50,000 immigrants in the past five years that are ineligible
to apply for the green card lottery.
If you are an Austrian and you win the residence visa through
the Diversity Visa Program, you will be authorized to live and
work and study in US, and also be able to bring your spouse and
any unmarried children under the age of 21.
In October, the US Department of State opens the electronic
applications submission and during April of the following year
it draws the winners of the Green Card Lottery.
181 green card visas were granted to the natives of Austria
in the year 2010. Those Austrian citizens won the chance to
live and work in the US as permanent residents.
This year could be your chance to do the same and be one of
the Austrians who gets a green card !
Non Immigrant Visa Alternatives
Several other types of non-immigrant visas are available for
Austrian citizens granting you access to visit the US but for
a limited period and do not include any citizen rights.
These types include Student exchange visa valid for about
one to two years called the F-1 visa, temporary work visa called
H1 Visa, business and tourism visa called B1 and B2 Visa and many
other for that matter.
Background to the relationship between Austria and US
USA has maintained strong relations with Austria since its independence.
They have a bilateral relationship, with Austria appreciating the
role played by the US in its reconstruction after World War II and
the US strengthening these relations with Austria and maintaining
its political and economic stability.
Immigration from Austria to the USA
During the 1880s a massive wave of Austrian immigrants flew to US from Austria.
A new wave of Austrian immigrants arrived in US in the late 1930s,
with mostly well educated urban Jews fleeing Hitler's new regime. Since then
many more Austrian citizens have found their way to the US for various reasons.
Settlements of Austrians in US
The first immigrants from Austria settled in the northeastern USA,
especially in New York City. There were others who settled in
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California and Florida, as well
as others who are spread all over America.
Winning the green card lottery means you will be entitled to all
the benefits of a US citizen has such as, working, owning property,
studying and living in the USA.
It's FREE to apply for the green card lottery, so apply today!