Green Card Lottery Ireland


Are you Irish and you always wanted to live and work in the US?
In the following article, We’ll provide you with all the details you need to know that will help you fulfill your dream. All Irish citizens can win a lifetime visa to live in the US through the Green Card Lottery. Read through all the details provided here that will help you understand the procedure to submit a valid application for a green card through the Diversity Visa Program.

What is the Green Card Lottery?

Green Card Lottery, officially known as the Diversity Visa Program is a gateway to people from eligible countries to live and work in the US. Every year, the US Department of State holds the diversity visa program that issues 55,000 immigrant visas, also known as Green Card through a random computer selection of the applicants who were eligible to apply and submitted an application that meets the strict guidelines. Those green card winners, will be able to live and work in the US and enjoy the status of a permanent resident.

Green Card Lottery Ireland

The countries that have sent a fewer number of immigrants in the US in the preceding years are eligible to apply for the Green Card Lottery this year, Ireland being one of them. Any country that has sent more than 50,000 immigrants in the past five years is ineligible for the program. If you receive the immigrant visa through the Diversity Visa Program, you will be lucky enough to get yourself authorized to study, live and work permanently in the US. You will also be allowed to bring your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 to the United States. Around October / November every year, the US Department of State accepts green card applications and winners of the Green Card Lottery are announced during the following year’s April / May.

Ireland has always been on the list of green card eligible countries with 167 visas granted to Irish citizens during last year’s lottery.

Non Immigrant Visa Alternatives

60 other types of non-immigrants visas can also be availed to visit the US, like the ones for student exchange, business and tourism reasons, education, or journalism. These are however for a shorter amount of time unlike the immigrants visas, granting lifetime residence.

The relationship between Ireland and USA

The US and Ireland’s relationship have long been based on common ancestral ties and shared values. Besides regular dialogue on political and economic issues, the US and Irish Governments have official exchanges in areas such as medical research and education.

Immigration from Ireland to United States

Immigration from Ireland is dominated by the mass migration during the Great Famine when more than a million people immigrated to North America. However, a relatively large number traveled to America mostly in the 18th century in order to escape hardships at home. Most settled in rural areas and took up farming. They were quickly assimilated into the fabric of then mostly Protestant American society. According to estimates those of Protestant Irish ancestry number more than 5 million.

Settlements of Irish in the US

The first permanent Irish settlements were in Maine and New Hampshire. Other Irish settlements were in the states of Philadelphia, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

If you are an Irish native, and would like to submit your application for the official diversity visa program, click to apply today !