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Green card lottery results are now available: how to check and what to do next

Participants in the DV-2021 green card lottery were waiting for the results of the draw for a month longer than usual due to a pandemic of coronavirus infection. Finally, now you can check the status of your application, reports State Departmentnt us.

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Recall that the results of the draw, which took place from October 2 to November 5, 2019, became available on June 6 from 12:00 Eastern time and will be open for verification until September 30, 2021.

Check if luck smiled at you, you can here.

A green card is a certificate of a permanent resident of the United States who does not have American citizenship. With it, you simultaneously receive the right to work, educational benefits and the opportunity to apply for citizenship. But winning a lottery does not mean automatically issuing a green card, this is only part of the path to obtaining it.

Here are 4 steps you need to take to become the owner of a won green card and successfully settle in the USA.

Step 1. Checking the status of the application

The results of the draw can already be found, but only on the official website dvprogram.state.gov (it used to be called dvlottery.state.gov - both addresses are correct). On the site you need to enter the lottery participant number, indicate the name, surname and year of birth of the applicant. If on the page that opens you see a letter with a barcode and your data, you won.

Photo: screenshot dvprogram.state.gov

The results can be found exclusively on this site and only on its own initiative - the State Department will not remind you of the draw and send any letters. Checking the status of the application is free. Any letters or emails inviting you to follow any link or make a money transfer are fraud. Be extremely careful, especially if you applied for participation in the lottery through an intermediary.

Until September 30, 2020 (on the same site) you can check the results of the drawing of green cards in the lottery for 2020 (DV-2020). After this date, the persons who won the lottery will no longer be able to submit a corresponding application for a green card.

On the subject: Why and how to come up with a lottery of green cards

The mere fact of winning does not guarantee a green card. Each year, the US government grants 55 immigrant visas, which are drawn in the green card lottery. There are always much more applicants - annually up to 9 million people participate in the drawing on average. And notifications of winnings are always received by more applicants.

This is because not everyone is completing what has been started to the end: someone is not ready to bear the costs associated with obtaining visas, someone does not go through a medical examination or interview, some applicants are refused because of incorrectly prepared documents. Therefore, the news that you won the green card is only a signal to the start of the marathon for about a year, but not yet a victory.

For immigration it is necessary to fulfill the requirements that apply to immigrant visa applicants.

Step-by-step instructions on what to do after receiving notification of a win

  1. Fill in the visa application form

The site Consular Electronic Application Center you need to fill out an immigration visa application form - form DS-260. It is filled in English. In the questionnaire you need to specify personal data, marital status, provide information about the place of work, study, criminal record.

If from the moment of registration for participation in the lottery you have changed the family composition (got married, gave birth to a child), then new members of the family should always indicate in their form DS-260, otherwise you can be disqualified.

For each family member - a separate form of DS-260. This is an important nuance, and if you fill out one form for the whole family, you immediately leave the “get a green card” marathon.

When the DS-260 form is completed, the confirmation page must be saved on the computer and then printed. She, among other documents, must be taken with him for an interview. The date of the interview will be sent to you by e-mail after you fill out the form DS-260.

  1. Wait for an answer
First you will receive a letter with the following text: Has been received and routed to the appropriate group. This is a standard letter, which means that your visa application has been received. And after 7-10 days, another email will come to your email, this time addressed to you personally.

Here are options for what can be written in it:

Your forms have been processed. If you receive such a message, it means that your profiles are in the processing stage, which can last up to 4 months.

It will not affect the processing of your case. It says here that when filling out the questionnaire, you did not indicate the number of your case, but at the same time, your profile is still accepted for processing.

KCC to begin the processing of your case. This post reads: Kentucky Consular Center waiting for your questionnaires, but not yet received them.

The information. That is, you indicated in the request information that is different from the one you gave when you filled out the application for participation in the lottery.

The DS 230 Part 1 You submitted for the principal was incomplete. This means that in your questionnaires found inaccuracies that need to be corrected.

It received a copy of the amount of mail processed at a time. or It is acceptable for your visa processing. If you received a letter in which one of these phrases occurs, it means that your questionnaires have already been received, processed and within a few weeks they will name the date of the interview.

Your case number is now current for interview processing. This message comes to those who find out the date of the interview in a few days.

Has been scheduled at ... In a letter with such text you will see directly the date of the interview.

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If you want to go to the Kentucky Consular Center yourself (Kentucky Consular Center), where all the questionnaires are processed, and find out at what stage your case is now, you can send a request to the email address: kccdv@state.gov or call: 1-606-526-7500 from 7: 30 to 16: 00. At the beginning of the conversation you need to immediately call the case number (Case number), the country in which the questionnaire was filled in, the name, surname and date of birth of the winner of the lottery.

  1. Collect documents

While the Kentucky Consular Center is examining your questionnaires and setting an interview date, do not waste time. Collect and translate the documents you need into English. All documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. No notarization or apostille is required.

You need to prepare originals and translations of the following documents:

  1. Passports
  2. Birth certificates
  3. Diplomas confirming education
  4. Labor book
  5. Help that you do not have a criminal record. If you lived in several countries, then such certificates are needed from each country. If you had a criminal record, you can still qualify for a green card, but you must provide a certificate that you have already been punished.
  6. Marriage / divorce certificates
  7. For those who served in the army - military card
  8. Bank statement
  9. Property Valuation Documents
  10. Inquiries from work stating that you are an employee / owner of the company.
  1. Check your health

When you were given the date of the interview - it's time to get a medical examination. This can be done only in special certified centers whose addresses can be found at Online. The price of this procedure averages $ 215 per family member planning to immigrate (in different countries the price may vary by $ 10-15), and vaccination is paid separately.

Passing a medical commission is needed to determine if you or someone from a family member has any diseases from the list that restricts entry to the United States. It includes, in particular, diseases of a mental nature, the active form of tuberculosis, leprosy, and others. Before 2010, HIV was included in the list, but now this virus does not interfere with obtaining a visa.

The list of diseases that impede obtaining an immigration visa, consists of two lists that can be found here и here.

After passing a medical examination, you receive a sealed envelope, which must be handed to the consul during the interview.

  1. Pass the interview

The medical commission is behind, an envelope for the consul on hand, the date of the interview is scheduled. The interview will require from you originals and translations into English of all documents, the results of the medical board and the invitation to the interview itself. At the site, at the embassy, ​​you need to pay a visa fee of $ 330 for each family member. But this is not a guarantee that the cherished US visa in your hands. Interviews - no less important stage than the preparation of documents or medical board. However, there is no need to specially prepare for it and read any scientific treatises or everyday tips on the Internet. You will be asked household standard questions.

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The main goals of the interview are: to make sure that exactly those people who came for an interview submitted applications; take fingerprints and verify them with the database; see the results of the medical examination; check availability of all documents.

If you have been interviewed, you will be issued a semi-annual visa. It is during the course of 6 months that all members of the family, or only the main applicant, will need to enter the US, otherwise the visa will be canceled. Also after the interview you will be issued a sealed envelope, which you need to give to the officer at the airport.

An important point: if the main applicant is not able to travel to the US, then without him the family also can not enter the country.

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