visa lottery (muaj ntau haiv neeg tuaj txawv tebchaws tuaj visa kev pab cuam)

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The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is also called the DV Program, lub visa lottery, los yog lub npav ntsuab lottery. Txhua txhua xyoo los ntawm 1995 rau 2020, lub teb chaws USA muab 50,000 visas los ntawm qhov kev pab cuam. Cov neeg tau xaiv los ntawm kev xaiv (los ntawm lub caij) nyob rau hauv lub visa lottery. Yog hais tias koj yeej ib visa, koj yuav nyob, ua hauj lwm, thiab kawm nyob rau hauv lub teb chaws USA. Tom qab 5 xyoo, koj yuav thov tau ua pej xeem.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is also called the DV Program, the visa lottery, or the green card lottery. Every year from 1995 to 2020, the USA awarded 50,000 visas through the program. People get chosen by random selection (by chance) in the visa lottery. If you win a visa, you can live, work, and study in the USA. After 5 years, you can apply for citizenship.

visa lottery - permanent resident card

visa lottery - permanent resident card

Lub visa lottery kev pab cuam rau 2021

The visa lottery program for 2021

The Department of State has announced the diversity visa program for 2021. It says there will be 55,000 diversity visas (DVS) available. There is no cost to register for the DV program. Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet the requirements to qualify.

The Department of State has announced the diversity visa program for 2021. It says there will be 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) available. There is no cost to register for the DV program. Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet the requirements to qualify.

How can I apply?

How can I apply?

Apply between October 2, 2019 and November 5, 2019

Apply between October 2, 2019 and November 5, 2019

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, Lub kaum hli ntuj 2, 2019, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, Kaum ib hlis 5, 2019.

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Apply early!

Apply early!

Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as there will be many people using the website and that will cause delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted.

Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as there will be many people using the website and that will cause delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted.

Only enter once

Only enter once

The law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The Department of State will detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.

The law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The Department of State will detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.

Leejtwg thiaj thov tau rau lub visa lottery?

Who can apply for the visa lottery?

  • Koj yuav tsum muaj ib tug high school cov kev kawm los yog ib tug daim ntawv uas yog tib yam li ib tug high school diploma
    los yog
  • Koj yuav tsum qhia tau tias koj ob lub xyoos ntawm kev ua hauj lwm nyob rau hauv ib txoj hauj lwm uas yuav tsum tau yam tsawg ob xyoos ntawm txoj kev kawm los yog kev. Koj kev yuav tsum nyob rau hauv lub kawg tsib xyoos.
  • koj yuav tsum complete the (DS-260) application online during the enrollment period of October 2 to November 5, 2019. Koj muaj peev xwm tsis xa koj nkag nyob rau lwm lub sij hawm.
  • You must be from a country tsis listed below.
  • You must have a high school education or a certificate that is the same as a high school diploma
    or
  • You must show that you have two years of work experience in a job that requires at least two years of training or experience. Your experience must be in the last five years.
  • You must complete the (DS-260) application online during the enrollment period of October 2 to November 5, 2019. You cannot submit your entry at other times.
  • You must be from a country not listed below.

Cov neeg uas yuav tsis thov rau ib tug ntau haiv neeg visa

People who cannot apply for a diversity visa

Diversity visas mus rau cov neeg los ntawm lub teb chaws uas tsis tau xa ntau cov neeg tsiv teb mus rau lub teb chaws USA nyob rau hauv lub xyoo dhau los. Nyob rau hauv tas li ntawd, no single country may receive more than 7 % of the available DVs in any one year.

Diversity visas go to people from countries who have not sent many immigrants to the USA in previous years. In addition, no single country may receive more than 7 % of the available DVs in any one year.

For DV-2021, natives of the following countries are tsis tsim nyog tau txais mus thov:

For DV-2021, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply:

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Tuam Tshoj (mainland yug)*
  • Colombia
  • Dominican koom pheej
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Hiati tuaj
  • Is Nrias teb
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Kauslim
  • United Kingdom (tsuas yog Northern Ireland) thiab nws nyob ib cheeb tsam
  • Vietnam
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China (mainland-born)*
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories
  • Vietnam

*People born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

*People born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

Are there are any ways to qualify if I am from one of those countries?

Are there are any ways to qualify if I am from one of those countries?

If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify:

If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify:

Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible?

Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible?

If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth – provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.

If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth – provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.

Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth?

Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth?

If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2021 program. For more details on what this means, saib lub visa lottery’s official frequently asked questions.

If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2021 program. For more details on what this means, see the visa lottery’s official frequently asked questions.

Ceeb toom txog visa lottery dag

Warning about visa lottery fraud

Muaj ntau ntau cov websites thiab cov neeg uas sim ua kom yuam kev koj mus rau hauv muab nyiaj mus yuav tau ib tug US visa. Tsis txhob ntseeg tias lawv. Koj tsis tas yuav them. The Department of State advises you to apply without one of thesevisa consultants.” Piv txwv li, ib lub website xws li www.usgreencardoffice.com yuav kom koj them $98 ua ntaub ntawv koj daim ntawv thov. Lwm yam websites txuj lawv official tsoom fwv websites. Nco ntsoov:

There are many websites and people that try to trick you into giving money to get a US visa. Do not believe them. You do not need to pay. The Department of State advises you to apply without one of these “visa consultants.” For example, a website such as www.usgreencardoffice.com will charge you $98 to file your application. Other websites pretend they official government websites. Remember:

  • Nws yog pub dawb rau nkag mus rau lub visa lottery
  • Koj muaj peev xwm tsis nce koj lub caij nyoog ntawm winning los ntawm kev them
  • It is free to enter the visa lottery
  • You cannot increase your chance of winning by paying

Saib no yees duab txog yuav ua li cas mus thov kom rho npe

Watch this video about how to apply to the lottery

Lub tswv yim rau kev thov

Tips for applying

  • Tsis txhob ua ntau tshaj ib daim ntawv thov. Koj yuav tau cais los ntawm cov lottery.
  • Sau tag nrho cov koj cov ntaub ntawv ua ntej koj yuav pib sau nyob rau hauv daim ntawv. Qhov no yuav ua rau txoj kev yooj yim rau koj.
  • Xyuas kom tseeb tias koj ua kom tiav tag nrho cov nkag rau hauv daim ntawv.
  • Saib lub website ntawm lub US Embassy los yog consulate nyob rau hauv koj lub teb chaws mus nrhiav seb koj lub teb chaws tej zaum yuav muaj ntxiv lottery ntaub ntawv.
  • Do not make more than one application. You will be excluded from the lottery.
  • Gather all your information before you start to fill in the form. This will make the process easier for you.
  • Make sure you complete all entries on the form.
  • Look at the website of the US embassy or consulate in your country to find out whether your country may have additional lottery information.

Visa instructions in many languages

Visa instructions in many languages

You can read and download visa instructions in many languages from the Department of State. (Ceeb toom: these are 2020 instructions. We will update them with 2021 instructions when they become available.)

You can read and download visa instructions in many languages from the Department of State. (Note: these are 2020 instructions. We will update them with 2021 instructions when they become available.)

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