The green card lottery


50,000 persons and their families get the right to live and work in the USA.


  • Official program of the US Government, approved by Congress

  • Your chance to live and work in the USA

  • Easy online registration and help at every stage of the registration

  • Double chance for winning the green card for family couples


Only the Green Card gives you the right to work and reside legally in the USA. It allows you to freely enter and leave the country. Spouses and children (aged under 21) of the applicant automatically receive a Green Card. After that, they can hold highly paid jobs, which is possible in the USA. The holders of the Green Card are also entitled to education, healthcare and all the other rights of US citizens. They can sponsor their relatives, if they also apply for the Green Card Lottery. The Green Card does not affect your citizenship by birth and its holder, if he/she so wishes, may apply for US citizenship later (after 5 years).


During the past years, applications were submitted by means of letters. The problem was that this overloaded the postal system. The correspondence was often lost or disappeared for no good reason. There was no absolute security that your letter will reach its destination within the specified month, since it had to be mailed by ordinary mail and was in transit for 2 to 3 weeks.


Changes were implemented since 2003 (DV 2005) in the procedures for entry into the Green Card Lottery! The applications are now submitted only online. Mistakes in the filling out of the forms or in the digital images lead to disqualification!


With reference to the above, we offer:

Submission online of your applications in accordance with the new requirements of the US State Department for the Green Card Lottery within the specified terms.

The electronic confirmation from the State Department servers, which we will present to you in electronic form or (if you so wish) as a printed form, provides a 100% guarantee that your Green Card Application has been successfully entered.


1st stage

2nd stage

 10,00 BGN (1 application)

 24,00 BGN (1set of formsmain applicant)

 19,00 BGN (family: 2 applications)

16,00 BGN (family: forms for each member)

 

If you are unable to come to our offices, or if you live outside of Sofia, you can transfer the required fee to the specified bank account or send it by postal order and send by registered mail to our office your photos, personal data and a copy of the receipt for the paid fee.


We can also professionally and perfectly prepare the documents, required for an interview at the US Embassy, as well as provide you with any information, which could be required in the process of processing of your application.


Important Notice


No fee is charged to enter the annual DV program . The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services (including the Jezabel Company) in no way to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV casework for applicants do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government. Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV entry is entirely at the applicant's discretion. The fee you will pay to the Jezabel Company is not for the participation in the Green Card Lottery, but for the processing and submission of your data. The paid by you fee does not in any way guarantee you a win in the Lottery, nor provides you with any advantage before the other successfully registered applicants.


A qualified entry submitted electronically directly by an applicant has an equal chance of being selected by the computer at the Kentucky Consular Center, as does an entry submitted electronically through a paid intermediary who completes the entry for the applicant. Every entry received during the lottery registration period will have an equal random chance of being selected within its region. However, receipt of more than one entry per person will disqualify the person from registration, regardless of the source of the entry.



What do you need to enter the Green Card Lottery?


1. 1 color photo: size 2 inches by 2 inches (50 mm by 50 mm) (for families: one photo of each member of the family, including all non-married children under the age of 21, including those from previous marriages, if any). The photos for the Green Card Lottery application must have been taken within the last 6 months.

 

  1. Personal data:

  1. Full names. The family name is written first, then you given name and your father’s name.

  1. Date of birth: date, month, year.

  1. Sex: Male/Female.

  1. Place of birth: town/village.

  1. Country of birth: Indicate the current name of the country, in which the applicant was born.

  1. Photo of the applicant. See above the requirements on the photos.

  1. Postal address: town/village, region, postal code, country.

  1. Telephone No.: (optional).

  1. e-mail address: (optional).

  1. Resident country of the applicant, if different from the country of birth. If the applicant applies from a country, which is different from his country of birth, this must be expressly indicated in the electronic application form. If the applicant applies from the country of birth of his/her spouse or parent, this must be indicated in the electronic application form.

  1. Marital status: not married, married, divorced, widowed, legally separated.

  1. Number of children, who are under the age of 21 and are not married. Do not quote children, who are US citizens or legal permanent residents of the USA.

  1. Information on the spouse: name, date of birth, sex, place of birth (town/village, country), digital photo.

  1. Information on the children: name, date of birth, sex, place of birth (town/village, country), digital photo.



Remark: If you are married, but have decided to enter individually the Green Card Lottery, you still have to provide the data and photos for each member of your family.

 

WHAT IS THE GREEN CARD LOTTERY?


The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants”. Section 203(c) of the INA provides a maximum of up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

The annual DV program makes permanent residence visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the past five years. Within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.

For DV-2008, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because they sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the previous five years:


Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.



Entries for the Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between October-November and December-January (depending on the fixed term for the respective year). Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa (a.k.a. Green Card Lottery) entry form at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after the specified deadline.

Requirements

  1. To enter the DV lottery, you must be a native of one of the listed countries.
    See List Of Countries By Region Whose Natives Qualify.


Native of a country whose natives qualify: In most cases this means the country in which you were born. However, there are two other ways you may be able to qualify. First, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible but your spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth provided both you and your spouse are on the selected entry, are issued visas and enter the U.S. simultaneously. Second, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but neither of your parents was born there or resided there at the time of your birth, you may claim nativity in one of your parents’ country of birth if it is a country whose natives qualify for the DV program.


To enter the lottery, you must meet either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program. Education or Work Experience: You must have EITHER a high school education or its equivalent, de­fined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. Department of Labor’s database at http://onetcenter.org can be used to determine qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience, see http://travel.state.gov.


If you cannot meet these requirements, you should NOT submit an entry to the DV program.



The term “country” includes countries, economies and other independent administrative units and their dependent areas.

 

Procedures for submitting an entry for the DV program

The Department of State will only accept completed Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Forms submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period.


All entries by an individual will be disqualified if more than ONE entry for that individual is received, regardless of who submitted the entry. You may prepare and submit your own entry, or have someone submit the entry for you.


A successfully registered entry will result in the display of a confirmation screen containing your name, date of birth, country of chargeability, and a date/time stamp. You may print this confirmation screen for your records using the print function of your web browser.


Paper entries will not be accepted.


Your entry will be disqualified if all required photographs are not submitted. Recent photographs of the following people must be submitted electronically with the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form:

  • you

  • your spouse each unmarried child under 21 years of age, including all natural children as well as all legally-adopted children and stepchildren, even if a child no longer resides with you or you do not intend for a child to immigrate under the DV program.


You do not need to submit a photo for a child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident

Group or family photographs will not be accepted; there must be a separate photograph for each family member.


Failure to submit the required photographs for your spouse and each child will result in an incomplete entry to the E-DV system. The entry will not be accepted and must be resubmitted. Failure to enter the correct photograph of each individual in the case into the E-DV system will result in disqualification. The photos may be taken with a digital camera or may be scanned by a digital scanner.


Instructions for the digital photos


The image file must adhere to the following specifications and processed by one of the following methods:

  • Taking a new digital image.

  • Scanning an analogue photo.


Compositional Specifications: The submitted digital image must comply with the following specifications, or the application may be disqualified:

    1. Head Position

    • Person being photographed must directly face the camera.

    • Head of the person should not be tilted up, down, or to the side.

    • The head should take up approximately 50% of the image.


    1. Background

    • Person being photographed should be in front of a neutral light background.

    • Images against a very dark or a multicolored background will not be accepted.


Focus:


  • Images, which are out of focus, will not be accepted.


Decorative items:


  • Images, on which the photographed person is wearing dark glasses or national decorative items, which cover the face or parts of the face in any way, will not be accepted.


Head Coverings and Hats

  • Photographs of individuals wearing head coverings or hats are only acceptable if related to religious beliefs, and even then, may not obscure any portion of the face of the applicant.

  • Photographs of individuals wearing tribal head coverings or hats, which are not related to religious beliefs, will not be accepted.

  • Photographs of individuals wearing military, paramilitary or other uniform hats will not be accepted.


Technical Specifications: The submitted digital photograph must conform to the following specifications or the system will automatically reject the EDV Entry Form and notify the sender.

  • Taking a New Digital Image. If a new digital image is taken, it must meet the following specifications:

  • Image File Format:

The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.

  • Image File Size:

The maximum image file size will be sixty-two thousand five hundred (62,500) bytes.

  • Image Resolution:

There are two acceptable new digital image resolutions:

  • 320 pixels high by 240 pixels wide.

  • 240 pixels high by 320 pixels wide.

  • Image Color Depth:

24-bit color or 8-bit color or 8-bit grayscale. [Note: Monochrome images (2-bit color depth) will not be accepted.]


  • Scanning a Submitted Photograph. Before a photographic print is scanned, it must meet the following specifications:

  • Print Size:

2 inches by 2 inches (50 mm x 50 mm) square.

  • Print Color:

The image must be either in color or grayscale.

The photographic print must also meet the Compositional Specifications. If the photographic print meets the Print Size, Print Color, and Compositional Specifications, scan the print using the following scanner specifications.

  • Scanner Resolution:

Scanned at a resolution of 150 dots per inch (dpi).

  • Image File Format:

The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.

  • Image File Size:

The maximum image file size will be sixty-two thousand five hundred (62,500) bytes.

  • Image Resolution:

300 by 300 pixels.

  • Image Color Depth:

24-bit color or 8-bit color or 8-bit grayscale. [Note: Monochrome images (2-bit color depth) will not be accepted.]


THE ELECTRONIC ENTRY FORM

There is only one way to enter the DV lottery. Applicants must submit an Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (EDV Entry Form), which is accessible only at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Failure to complete the form in its entirety and with correct information will disqualify the applicant’s entry.

Applicants will be asked to submit the following information on the EDV Entry Form.

  1. FULL NAME - Last/Family Name, First Name, Middle name

  2. DATE OF BIRTH - Day, Month, Year

  3. GENDER - Male or Female

  4. CITY/TOWN OF BIRTH

  5. COUNTRY OF BIRTH - The name of the country should be that which is currently in use for the place where the applicant was born.

  6. APPLICANT PHOTOGRAPH - See page 2 for information on photo specifications.

  7. MAILING ADDRESS - Address, City/Town, District/Country/Province/State, Postal Code/Zip Code, Country

  8. PHONE NUMBER (optional)

  9. E-MAIL ADDRESS (optional)

  10. COUNTRY OF ELIGIBILITY IF THE APPLICANT'S NATIVE COUNTRY IS DIFFERENT FROM COUNTRY OF BIRTH - If the applicant is claiming nativity in a country other than his/her place of birth, this information must be indicated on the entry.

  11. MARITAL STATUS - Unmarried, Married, Divorced, Widowed, Legally Separated

  12. NUMBER OF CHILDREN THAT ARE UNMARRIED AND UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE – Except children that are either U.S. legal permanent residents or American citizens.

  13. SPOUSE INFORMATION - Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of Birth, Country of Birth, Photograph

  14. CHILDREN INFORMATION - Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of Birth, Country of Birth, Photograph

    NOTES:

  1. Entries must include the name, date and place of birth of the applicant’s spouse and all natural children, as well as all legally-adopted and stepchildren, who are unmarried and under the age of 21 at the time of entry (except children who are already U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents), even if you are no longer legally married to the child’s parent, and even if the spouse or child does not currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you. Note that married children and children 21 years or older will not qualify for the diversity visa. Failure to list all children will result in your disqualification for the visa.

  2. In case there is no court ruling for the divorce of the spouses, the data and photo of the spouse must be included with the electronic entry form. There is no legal document issued by the courts of law in Bulgaria to certify a legal separation.

SELECTION OF APPLICANTS


Applicants will be selected at random by computer from among all qualified entries. Those selected will be notified by mail between May and July 2006 and will be provided further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the U.S. Persons not selected will NOT receive any notification. U.S. embassies and consulates will not be able to provide a list of successful applicants. Spouses and unmarried children under age 21 of successful applicants may also apply for visas to accompany or follow to join the principal applicant. DV-2007 visas will be issued between October 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007.


In order to actually receive a visa, applicants selected in the random drawing must meet ALL eligibility requirements under U.S. law. Processing of entries and issuance of diversity visas to successful applicants and their eligible family members MUST occur by midnight on September 30 of the respective year. Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow to join the applicant in the U.S. after this date.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHO CAN APPLY

Most people from around the world are eligible to enter the lottery. The eligibility is determined by the country of birth. If your country of birth has not been provided with a quota, you may apply from the country of birth of your spouse or parents.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER THE LOTTERY


No fees apply to enter the lottery. Entry to the annual green card lottery is absolutely free. Using the services of the Jezabel Company, you will be paying for its services with reference to the submission of the entry form, the checking of the information, the proper filling in of the form and its timely submission to the correct address. The task of the Jezabel Company is to guarantee that your entry will be accepted and will not be disqualified.


Basic questions


What is the Green Card Lottery?


The US Government provides 55,000 permanent residence visas (green cards), which will be drawn by a computer-generated random lottery according to a congressionally approved law. The winning applicants will be selected at random choice by a computer from among all the entries, submitted via the specially created for this purpose website of the US State Department.

How long does it take to fill in the entry form?

The whole process takes up from five to ten minutes.


Are there any restrictions on the right to enter the lottery?

Yes. The applicant must have been born on one of the countries, which are eligible to receive a quota and must comply with the requirements on education/qualification or employment experience.


If I do not comply with the minimum requirements, can I enter the lottery?

No. If you do not comply with the minimum requirements, you should not enter the green card lottery.


How many forms can I submit?

Each applicant is entitled to submit only one entry form. The submission of more than one form automatically disqualifies all the forms of the applicant in question.


Can I enter, if I don’t live in the country of my birth?

Do not worry. The automatic process of entry forms submission guarantees that your entry form will be properly handled and will not be disqualified.

What can I do, if I was not born in a country, for which a quota has been provided?

In such cases, you can enter from a country, which is not your country of birth. This is possible if your spouse or one of your parents was born in a country, for which a quota has been provided.



Can I pay more to increase my chances of winning?

No. All entries have equal chances of winning. The winning applicants are randomly selected by a computer program from all the entries.


How will I find out that I have won?

All the winners will be informed by mail. The letter shall be sent to the address, indicated in the entry form. Those, who have not been selected as winners, will not receive a notice. US embassies and consulates will not provide lists of the winners.


Are there any additional fees?

There are no additional fees for entering the Green Card Lottery, except the fee for using the online system for processing the entry forms.

 

QUESTIONS RELATED TO YOUR ENTRY


What kind of information must I submit to enter the lottery?

The required information for entering the lottery includes, in addition to your full name, the date and place of birth, sex, as well as those of your spouse and all non-married children under the age of 21. It also includes your postal address and a recent photo of each member of your family. If you fail to submit all the required information, your entry form shall be disqualified.


How can I be sure that all the required information has been submitted?

The online system will reject any entry form, which has not been fully completed.


Which members of my family must I include in the entry form?

You must include your spouse and all non-married children under the age of 21. You must include your spouse, even if you live separately at the moment. If you are legally divorced, you do not have to include your former spouse. However, it is compulsory to include all your non-married children under the age of 21, including any adopted or stepchildren, as well as children from previous marriages, even if a child no longer resides with you or you do not intend for a child to immigrate under the DV program.


Can a husband and wife submit individual entry forms?

Yes, absolutely. If one of the spouses complies with the entry requirements, both may submit individual entry forms. If one of the spouses wins the lottery, the other will automatically be eligible for a green card.


If I win, does my family have to immigrate with me?

No. The fact that you have entered the names of your family in the entry form does not oblige them to immigrate with you. They may choose to join you or not. On the other hand, if you include in the visa application form (after winning the lottery) a member of your family, who had not been included in the lottery entry form, you will be disqualified. Adding other members of your family (brothers, sisters, children over the age of 21, etc.) will not disqualify your winning the lottery, but they will not be eligible to receive visas.

 

What is the minimum age for entry?

There is no minimum age specified for entering the lottery, but there is a requirement for having completed secondary education or having a specified employment experience. Due to the above, the program has been created for persons over the age of 18 (as main applicants).


What will happen to my spouse and children?

If you win the lottery, these members of your family may apply for a visa together with you on the basis of your winning the lottery.


Is the winning guaranteed or are the chances for winning improved for an applicant, who uses the online system?

No. The offered by us services and the online system have been created to aid you in the preparation of the entry form. We help people, who do not have a scanner to scan their photos, we guarantee the online submission of the entry form to the specially created for this purpose website of the US State Department during the registration period, etc. The use of the services provided by the Jezabel Company is absolutely at your discretion. We are responsible to confirm if you comply with the minimum requirements and if the included in your entry form information is complete. The purpose of the provided by us services is to reduce the number of disqualified entries (in the previous programs, 3 to 10 million entry forms were disqualified for incomplete or incorrect information). The US State Department changed the rules for the submission of the entry forms. Entry forms can only be submitted by electronic means via the specially created for this purpose website no paper entry forms sent by mail will be accepted