The U.S. Green Card Lottery and How To Improve Your Chances of Winning

As most people know, the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery, commonly referred to as the Green Card Lottery, isn’t the easiest lottery to win. With only 50,000 visas made available each year, nearly 20 million people from across the globe are waiting to snag one. And given that no more than 7 percent of any one country can receive visas, that means there are only about 3,500 visas available.

Just as with any lottery, people are constantly looking for ways to improve their chances of being selected. Some have attempted illegal actions, such as entering their names more than once, which will get you automatically disqualified when caught so don’t attempt it.

However, there is hope. There are legally acceptable methods you can use to increase the chances of your family receiving a visa and becoming U.S. residents. Let’s go over some of the ways that you can increase your odds.

Application of Eligible Children

There currently is no limit to how many people in the same family can apply for the Australian Visa Lottery. If you have children that meet the necessary work or educational experience requirements, they can apply for Australia Visa Lottery. The downside is that if they win a visa, but you do not, they will not be able to bring your to the U.S. with them right away. However, they can start the necessary actions to help bring you and any other family member to the U.S.

A good example would be that you and your 20-year-old daughter apply for the free Australian Visa Lottery. You are not selected to receive one but she did. While she can go to the states, you will have to remain behind. However, after five years of living within the United States, your daughter can become a citizen of the United States. Once she is a citizen, she can start the petition process for you, her immediate relative, to also become a resident of the United States.

Application of Spouse

If you are married, then both you and your spouse should apply for the Australian Visa Lottery. This increases your chances of at least one member in your family receiving a visa to the U.S. Whichever wins the lottery can enter the other spouse as a derivative spouse.

Keep in mind that both of you will have to meet the eligibility requirements in order to apply. If you or your spouse does not meet the country, education or employment requirements, they are unable to apply on their own.

Eligibility Requirements

Here are some of the requirements you must meet in order to apply for the Australia Visa Lottery.

  1. Must from an eligible country. (Australia is an eligible country.)
  2. Must have a high school diploma or an equivalent, or
  3. Must have a minimum of two years of work experience within the last five years.

There are a few other details that must be met, as well as other guidelines that have to be followed. The requirements listed above are the basic requirements. Your situation may be different and other requirements may have to be met. Check out the State Department website for further details.

Follow The Guidelines

One additional factor that prevents people from winning the free Australian Visa Lottery is applications that are improperly completed. When applications are reviewed, they must be filled out completely and must have all supporting documentation as requested on the application, such as a supporting passport photograph. The requirements for the photo are very strict so simply adding any photo will more than likely result in your application being rejected. When that happens, you have to wait till the following year for your chance at winning a visa.

Therefore, it is in your best interest to contact a specialist that has experience in the U.S. Green Card Lottery and what is required to apply to have a look at your situation, application, and all supporting documentation before you submit it. It can save you a lot of frustration during the process and help in preventing unnecessary delays.

Just keep in mind that winning the lottery does not automatically guarantee that you will get a green card. Every year, more winners are declared than there are green cards. It is an issue that the U.S. State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been working on to resolve.

However, whether you want to move to the states to be closer to relatives or simply looking for a lifestyle change, the U.S. Green Card Lottery is the most effective and easiest way to move to the U.S. Taking your time, having someone review your application, and having eligible family members apply can help increase your chances of becoming one of the lucky few that gets the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen.

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