Green Card: info on the 2021 lottery

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Martí Micolau

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Here we are! On 2 October 2019, at 18pm Spanish time registration will open to participate in the draw to obtain the Green Card and will end on Tuesday 5th November (always at 18 pm).


  • What is the Green Card
  • Who can participate and requirements
  • How much does it cost to participate
  • What is the official website?
  • How to know if you are extracted
  • Practical instructions for completing the application

What is the Green Card

The Green Card is an "immigrant" type visa, which allows you to move to the United States and to look for work. This is why it represents the most concrete opportunity and also the simplest way for whom wanted to change his life and live his American dream.

Each year the United States Congress makes available 50.000 Green Card, which are extracted from the countries that historically have a low rate of emigrants to the USA. In fact, the purpose of the program, as can also be seen from the name “Diversity Visa”, is precisely to bring people of various nationalities to the United States and further enrich an already deeply multi-ethnic society.

To ensure that this happens, countries that have sent more than 5 people in the previous 50.000 years are excluded every year. Eg. Chinese, Canadian, Mexican, English citizens, etc ... cannot participate

Visas are distributed in six geographical areas, where a single country cannot receive more than 7% of the total number of available visas.

Who can participate and requirements

Spaniards can also participate in the draw for the Green Card this year. Requirements required, besides nationality, are:

- have at least a high school diploma

- two years of experience in the past 5 years, in a job that requires an internship period of at least two years. To find out which works fall into these categories, the official website is available.

Married couples (even same-sex ones) have an increased chance of winning, as both spouses can submit the application. If one of the two is drawn, the Green Card will also be given to the partner.

It absolutely is it is forbidden to submit more than one application. All unmarried children under the age of 21 must also be included in the application.

For couples who are not married before the Green Card is issued, afterwards everything becomes more difficult because you have to apply for reunification, with much longer deadlines.

How much does it cost to participate

Participation is completely free, if you post your question to the official website. If, on the other hand, you use agencies that submit the application on your behalf, then you will pay for their service.

What is the official website?

It is one of the questions that I am asked most often, as there are many services that allow you to make the request for a fee.

As written in the previous paragraph, if you use the official website, the application is free.

Go to the official website.

How to know if you are extracted

Once you have completed the application, it is very important to keep a printout of the confirmation page that contains a unique number, which will be used to check if you have been drawn.

The draws will be held on May 5th 2020. The only way to know if you are drawn is through the official website, by going to “Entry Status Check” and entering your details and the confirmation number obtained during registration. On this page you will find all the info on the extraction procedures.

At this stage, no communication is received by e-mail. If you have been extracted, you must respond to the notification received within the Entrant Status Check. Then you will receive an email regarding the visa issuing appointment.

In case you have lost your confirmation number, a tool has recently been available to recover it.

The interviews for the issuance of visas will begin in October 2018. It is not taken for granted that those who are extracted are actually eligible to obtain a visa. In fact, in the interview phase, it is necessary to produce evidence that shows that once in the US, you do not become a burden for the public purse.

I just have to wish you good luck for your american dream!

See you in the USA!

Practical instructions for completing the application

The data to be provided to submit the application:

  • 1. Name and surname (exactly as it appears on the passport)
  • 2. Gender
  • 3. Birthday: day, month, year
  • 4. City of birth
  • 5. Country of birth
  • 6. Country of eligibility (for Spanish citizens it is always Spain; it could be different for those with dual citizenship and maybe one of the two is not eligible.)
  • 7. Photography: it is one of the data that most often invalidates the application, as it must meet certain requirements. See detailed instructions for the photo.
  • 8. Mailing address: In care of (c / o)

Postal code

  • 9. Country where you currently reside
  • 10. Phone number (optional)
  • 11. Email address (after being extracted if you respond to the notification of your selection, you will receive communications from the State Department at this address). Instead, no email is sent to notify you if you are extracted.
  • 12. Highest level of education currently achieved
  • 13. Marital status: single, married to a non-American citizen, widower, divorced. You must enter the name, date of birth, gender, city of birth and country of your partner, along with a photograph.
  • 14. Number of children: enter the required information for all children under 21, even if they do not live with you and do not have to move to the US.

Instructions for the photo

It must be like a passport photo and therefore:

  • the photo must be in color
  • white or very light background
  • front image
  • group images are not valid
  • the photo must not be out of focus
  • Glasses are NOT allowed
  • no hat
  • the photo must be in JPEG format
  • it must weigh a maximum of 240 KB.
  • the minimum resolution is 600×600 pixels; max 1200×1200 pixels
  • the proportion must be square
  • if you scan the photo, do it at a minimum resolution of 300dpi
  • the photo must be 24-bit.

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