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State Department Accepting Entries For DV-2014 Green Card Lottery

By October 15, 2012

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The U.S. State Department has opened registration for DV-2014, the diversity lottery program that allows immigrants to enter a random drawing for green cards.

Online DV-2014 registration began Tuesday, Oct. 2, and it will conclude Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon EDT.
State Department official advise applicants to get their entries in well before the deadline to avoid the last-minute rush.

Only people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States are eligible to participate. Congress started the lottery to help promote more diversity in U.S. immigration.

Officials are warning applicants to look out for online scammers and deal only with the U.S. government. Winning a green card is a long shot: the odds are about 1-in-19 million.

The State Department has posted extensive information online about how to enter and who is eligible.


October 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(1) Evan Godolphin says:

I think your math might be a bit off. If there are 19 million applicants and there are only 50,000 visas available that would make the chances (given that all applications are accepted, which they are not) 1 in 380 not 1 in 19 million. However, I have heard estimates that put the chances more in the 1 in 100 area.

Regardless. 1 in 19 million is more like the chances for state cash lotteries. And if the chances for winning the state cash lottery were similar to the green card lottery you had better believe me that I would be camped out in front of the 7-11 buying rolls of scratch cards!!

October 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(2) Henryk A. Kowalczyk says:

Visa lottery is such a colossal idiocy that only Washington bureaucrats could invent it. I asked Mitt Romney were his wealth would be if Bain Capital hired people by lottery. He did not answer.

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