Green Card Lottery Russia

USA is considered one of the most popular countries as an immigration destinations in the world. As a result of the fierce competition, understanding the immigration process is very important.We have included below every detail you need to know before applying for the Green Card Lottery and winning a lifetime US Visa.

The Relationship Between the USA And Russia

After more than 200 years of complex diplomatic relationships, the breaking up of the Soviet Union gave way to a rather strategic partnership between the US and Russia to promote security and to jointly counter the threats to peace. This included international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

Immigration conditions between US and Russia

From 1820 to 1917 a large number of Russians immigrated to the United States; these were the groups of people seeking freedom from religious prosecution. A second wave of immigration took place in the short period of 1917-1920 in the wake of the October Revolution and Russian Civil War. Immigration was prohibited during the Soviet Regime in 1970; however it temporarily eased restrictions for the Jewish immigrants and so 250,000 people left the country during this phase. After the fall of Soviet Union in 1991, the immigrants who left Russia were political refugees fleeing from the fear of persecution. During 1991-2001, a large number of scientists and engineers immigrated to the US to pursue their careers abroad because of the poor market at home.In 2007, USA and Russia commemorated 200 years of US-Russia Diplomatic Relations.

What Is The Green Card Lottery?

Every year the US government gives out 50,000 visas to the citizens of other countries who want to live permanently as residents of the United States. If you receive the permanent visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery, you can bring your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years. In April-May each year, the U.S. Department of State names the winners of this year’s Green Card Lottery.

Green Card Lottery Russia

The Immigrant Diversity Visa Lottery has been established in 1996 and from 2003 the forms for
the Green Card Lottery can only be submitted electronically. What prevented Russia from qualifying for the green card lottery until 2009 was the rule that says that no visas are going to citizens of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years. Due to this reason, Russian citizens remained on the ineligible countries list from 2003 to the year 2009. In the year 2010, Russia made it to the list of the eligible countries and Russian citizens CAN finally apply for the Green Card Lottery,obtain the US Green Card, and get themselves authorized to live and work in the United States.Russia will receive seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year. On average, out f the Russian citizens applying for the green card program, two thousand (2,000) win a green card through the diversity lottery every year and are allowed to move to the USA and permanently reside there.

Non-Immigrant Visas

There are 60 other types of non-immigrant visas for Student Exchange (J-1 Visa), Temporary Work (H-1 Visa), journalist, business, education, and tourism which can be obtained easily as compared to the Green Card, but these are for a short period of time and do not give you any of the rights of an American citizen.

Communities of Russians in the US

The first Russians to enter the US were the fur traders settling in the region now called the state of Alaska. It was controlled by the Russian Empire until it was purchased by the United States in 1867 after which most of the Russian settlers went back to Russia, yet some settled in southern Alaska and California.The population of Russian-Americans is estimated between 4 and 5.5 million people concentrated in the areas of New York Tri-State Area, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida and Washington DC. The New York City metropolitan area is by far the leading city gateway for Russian immigrants legally admitted into the United States.

Any natives of Russia are therefore eligible to apply for the official diversity visa program which grants them with the right of permanently living and working in US. If you would like to submit your green card registration, or consult with an expert immigration consultant, simply APPLY FOR THE GREEN CARD LOTTERY.