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GOVERNMENT'S OFFICIAL ENTRY SITE LOCATION

LOTTERY REQUIREMENTS


HOW TO ENTER


EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND SUMMARY OF HOW PHOTOS SHOULD LOOK, HOW TO SCAN, HOW TO TAKE


SAMPLES OF HOW YOUR PHOTOS SHOULD LOOK AND COMMON MISTAKES

HOW TO USE OUR DIGITAL PHOTO REVIEW AND DIGITAL SIZE CORRECTION SERVICES

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HOW TO EMAIL US YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREEN CARD LOTTERY

 
WARNING: Never pay anyone to submit your official Green Card Lottery entry for you. It is easy to submit your own official entry for free. The US Government does NOT call winners, does NOT send email messages to winners, and does NOT mail letters to lottery winners.

This year's Green Card Lottery, for the year 2013, is called American Green Card Lottery DV-2015. It will begin October 1, 2013 at 12 noon (EDT) (GMT-4) and will end November 2, 2013 at 12 noon (EDT) (GMT-4).

The Entry Data Form on this web site is NOT your official entry into the Lottery, and we are NOT affiliated with the U.S. Government. We are a service company that has been assisting clients with digital photos for use in the Green Card Lottery since 1996. It will be our pleasure to assist you with your digital photo as well. The Entry Data Form on this web site is only to show you what questions are asked on the official entry form. You are under no obligation to actually submit our Entry Data Form. However, if you do submit that form, you will automatically receive an email message with instructions about what to do next.

LOTTERY REQUIREMENTS

MUST BE A NATIVE OF A QUALIFYING COUNTRY--Usually your country of birth

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 that both you and your spouse are on the selected entry, are issued visas, and enter the United States 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’ countries of birth if it is a country whose natives qualify for the DV-2015 program. Click here for list of eligible countries

MUST MEET EITHER THE EDUCATION OR TRAINING REQUIREMENT

To enter the lottery, you must meet either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program: 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 O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience, see Frequently Asked Question #13.

If you cannot meet the above requirements, you should NOT submit an entry into the DV program.

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HOW TO ENTER

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY
PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTING AN ENTRY TO DV-2015
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A DIGITAL PHOTO (Image)

A digital photograph (image) of you, your spouse, and each child must be submitted online with the E-DV entry form. The image file can be produced either by taking a new digital photograph or by scanning a photographic print with a digital scanner. The image file must adhere to the compositional and technical specifications listed below. Entrants may test their photos for suitability through the photo validation link on the e-DV website before submitting their entries. The photo validation provides additional technical advice on photo composition, along with examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos.

TECHNICAL PHOTO SPECIFICATIONS
The submitted digital photograph must conform to the following specifications or the system will automatically reject the E-DV entry form and notify the sender.
INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR THE ELECTRONIC ENTRY

There is only one way to enter the DV-2015 lottery. You must submit the DS 5501, the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form), which is only accessible only at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Failure to complete the form in its entirety will disqualify the entry.

If we correct your digital photos, we will email the corrected photos back to you and YOU must then submit them and your official entry into the lottery at www.dvlottery.state.gov.

NOTICE: The Department of State strongly encourages applicants to complete the entry form without the assistance of “Visa Consultants,” “Visa Agents,” or other individuals who offer to submit an entry on behalf of applicants. If you use the services of somebody else to complete your entry form, you should be present when the entry is prepared, and you should retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number. Facilitators may try to withhold confirmation numbers in order to make an unlawful demand for money in exchange for notification information that should have been directly available to you.

Your confirmation number from your DV-2015 online entry registration is required to enable you to go to the E-DV website and receive notification of whether your entry has been selected through the Entrant Status Check available as of May 1, 2014, on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2015, providing instructions to you on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of the date and time of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview. If you lose your confirmation information, you will not be able to check your DV entry status, and we will not resend the confirmation page information to you.

Those who submit the E-DV entry will be asked to include the following information on the E-DV Entry Form.

1. FULL NAME – Last/Family Name, First Name, Middle name. Enter your name exactly as listed on your passport.

2. DATE OF BIRTH – Day, Month, Year

3. GENDER – Male or Female

4. CITY WHERE YOU WERE BORN

5. COUNTRY WHERE YOU WERE BORN – The name of the country should be that which is currently in use for the place where you were born.

6. COUNTRY OF ELIGIBILITY OR CHARGEABILITY FOR THE DV PROGRAM – Your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is not related to where you live. If you were born in a country that is not eligible for the DV program, please review the instructions to see if there is another option for country chargeability available for you.

7. ENTRY PHOTOGRAPH(S) – See the technical information on photograph specifications. Make sure you include photographs of your spouse and all your children, if applicable.

8. MAILING ADDRESS – In Care Of, Address Line 1, Address Line 2, City/Town, District/Country/Province/State, Postal Code/Zip Code, and Country

9. COUNTRY WHERE YOU LIVE TODAY

10. PHONE NUMBER (optional)

11. E-MAIL ADDRESS – provide an e-mail address to which you have direct access. You will NOT receive an official selection letter at this address. However, if your entry is selected and you respond to the notification of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you will receive follow-up communication from the Department of State by e-mail notifying you that details of your immigrant visa interview are available on Entrant Status Check.

12. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION YOU HAVE ACHIEVED, AS OF TODAY? You must indicate which one of the following represents your own highest level of educational achievement: (1) Primary school only, (2) High school, no degree, (3) High school degree, (4) Vocational school, (5) Some university courses, (6) University degree, (7) Some graduate level courses, (8) Masters degree, (9) Some doctorate level courses, and (10) Doctorate degree.

13. MARITAL STATUS – Unmarried, Married, Divorced, Widowed, or Legally Separated.

14. NUMBER OF CHILDREN – Entries MUST include the name, date, and place of birth of your spouse and all natural children. Entries must also include all children legally adopted by you, and step-children who are unmarried and under the age of 21 on the date of your electronic entry, 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 are not eligible for the DV; however, U.S. law protects children from ―aging out‖ in certain circumstances. If your DV entry is made before your unmarried child turns 21, and the child turns 21 before visa issuance, he/she may be protected from aging out by the Child Status Protection Act and be treated as though he/she were under 21 for visa-processing purposes. You are not required to list a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, as they will not be eligible for a DV visa. Failure to list all children who are eligible will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview.

15. SPOUSE INFORMATION – Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of Birth, Country of Birth, and Photograph. Failure to list your eligible spouse will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. You must list your spouse here even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for a visa.

16. CHILDREN INFORMATION – Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of Birth, Country of Birth, and Photograph: Include all children declared in question #14 above.

SELECTION OF APPLICANTS

Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the computer will randomly select individuals from among qualified entries. All DV- 2015 entrants will be required to go to the E-DV website Entrant Status Check using the confirmation number saved from their DV-2015 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available starting May 1, 2014, at the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Selectees will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2015. The Department of State will not be mailing out notification letters. Those selected in the random drawing are NOT notified of their selection by e-mail. Those individuals NOT selected will be notified of their non-selection through Entrant Status Check. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Selectees’ spouses and unmarried children under age 21 may also apply for visas to accompany or follow-to-join the principal applicant. DV-2014 visas will be issued between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015.

Processing of entries and issuance of DVs to selectees meeting eligibility requirements and their eligible family members MUST occur by midnight on September 30, 2015. Under no circumstances can DVs be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date.

In order to receive a DV to immigrate to the United States, those chosen in the random drawing must meet ALL eligibility requirements under U.S. law. These requirements may significantly increase the level of scrutiny required and time necessary for processing for natives of some countries listed in this notice including, but not limited to, countries identified as state sponsors of terrorism.

Important Notice

Electronic online entry in the annual DV program is FREE (there is no fee). The U.S. government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV entries 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 entrant’s discretion. The ONLY website on which people can officially register to participation in the Diversity Program is www.dvlottery.state.gov. A qualified electronic entry submitted directly by an applicant has an equal chance of being randomly selected by computer, as does a qualified electronic entry received from an outside intermediary on behalf of the applicant. However, receipt of more than one entry per person will disqualify the person from registration, regardless of the source of the entry.


EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND SUMMARY OF HOW YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS SHOULD LOOK

The U.S. Government's requirements for entry into Lottery DV-2015 state that each digital photo MUST be a recent photo. That means you will need to take new digital photos AFTER JUNE 3, 2013. If you wish for us to do a quick free check to see if corrections are needed, you can email your digital photos to us as attachments to an email message sent to info@americangreencard.com AFTER JULY 1, 2013.

Over 95% of all photos we receive need digital size adjustments. Make sure you take your photos using the following instructions, and we can then make digital adjustments.

  1. The photo must be square (the width must equal the height).
  2. Each photo must be a color passport-type photo, with only the head and shoulders appearing in the shot.
  3. Head, shoulders and eyes must be facing straight into the camera with both sides of the face and ears equally visible. NO shadows are allowed to show on any part of the face.
  4. The background must be a plain LIGHT color such as white (NOT red, NOT blue, NOT any bright color. NO objects or shadows are allowed to be seen in the background.
  5. The head should take up approximately half of the space in the photo. Do NOT smile.
  6. Hats or head covers are not allowed unless they are required for religious reasons. Even then, no part of the face can be covered.
  7. Eyeglasses are acceptable in the photo only if the lenses are NOT tinted and there is no glare, no reflections of light on the lenses or frames, no shadows, and the rims/frames do not obscure the eyes. Glare on eyeglasses can usually by avoided by a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  8. Sunglasses are NOT allowed.
  9. Click here to see samples of properly taken photos.
EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND SUMMARY OF HOW TO TAKE NEW DIGITAL PHOTOS

Each digital photo MUST be in .jpg digital formal.

EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND SUMMARY OF HOW TO SCAN EXISTING PHOTOS

Email each required digital photo as a separate attachment to the message you send to info@americangreencard.com . Be sure to identify who is in each digital photo you send to us.

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SAMPLES OF PROPERLY TAKEN PHOTOS

CORRECT PHOTO

CORRECT PHOTO

CORRECT PHOTO

SAMPLES OF WRONG PHOTOS

WRONG...
Nothing allowed in back-
ground; do NOT smile

WRONG...
Resolution too low; not in
sharp focus; do NOT smile

WRONG...
Shadow on background;
do NOT smile

WRONG...
Shadow on side of face; do
NOT smile


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HOW TO EMAIL US YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS
  1. Email us the following items

We will do one free check and will let you know if corrections are needed. We cannot correct photos until after receiving your service fee.

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HOW TO USE OUR DIGITAL PHOTO REVIEW AND DIGITAL PHOTO SIZE CORRECTION SERVICES
  1. Go to http://www.americangreencard.com/howenter.htm to confirm you meet the education or work requirements to enter the Green Card Lottery. A list of elgible countries is here.
  2. Take your required digital photos or scan existing photos. Complete photo instructions are at http://www.americangreencard.com/howenter.htm .
  3. Check to see if your photos will be accepted by the U.S. Government on their "Photo Validator" page at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/photo.aspx (available after October 1, 2013).
  4. If the U.S. Government approves your digital photos at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/photo.aspx (available after October 1, 2012), then go ahead and submit your entry and photos at no charge at the U.S. Government's official entry site at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/application.aspx (available after October 1, 2013)
  5. If the U.S. Government rejects your digital photos, you may email them to us at info@americangreencard.com , along with confirmation of how you are sending the $60 service fee for EACH digital photo you email to us for size correction.Be sure you email the photos as "attachments" to your message. Click here for a complete list of service fee options.
  6. After receiving our service fee, we review the digital photos you email to us, and we let you know what corrections are needed.
  7. We then email your corrected digital photos back to you. It is your responsibility to make sure that your email service provider allows you to receive digital photos as attachments to messages in your inbox. We can only return corrected digital photos as attachments to a reply to your original message.
  8. You then go to the U.S. Government's official entry site at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/application.aspx (available after October 1, 2013) and submit your entry and corrected digital photos. After you submit your official entry, the U.S. Government immediately emails confirmation of receipt of your entry directly to you. You can then use their information to track your entry.

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SERVICE FEE INSTRUCTIONS

Fee for our photo review and correction services:

$60 for each digital photo reviewed and digital size corrected.

Accepted form of service fee payment (in U.S. Dollars Only):

  1. Western Union Money Transfer (Click here to see Western Union Money Transfer Instructions)
  2. Cash, Cashier's Check, or Money Order mailed to the following address (NO PERSONAL CHECKS).

Please Note: We do NOT accept credit card payments. We do NOT accept personal checks.

The US Government's official acceptance period for DV-2015 will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12 noon (EDT) (GMT-4) and will end on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12 noon (EDT) (GMT-4). . The last day for American Green Card Lottery Access Center to receive the service fee and your digital photos for correction is October 20, 2013. Digital photos for Green Card Lottery DV-2015 must be taken after June 3, 2013.

All available information is available at www.americangreencard.com and www.americangreencard.com/howenter.htm.

Do NOT send any money until after we have done one free photo check to see if corrections are possible. No refunds allowed.

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MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES

Over 95% of all photos we receive need corrections to meet the U.S. Government's requirements. Photos that are not taken correctly result in an entry being automatically disqualified. Also, if the digital resolutions are not exactly correct, the U.S. Government's official entry web site will not even accept your photos.

American Green card Lottery Access Center accepts your entry data every day of the year, reviews your digital photos, and makes digital size corrections to your digital photos, as needed.

After receiving the service fee, we review your digital photos and make digital size corrections as needed. Remember...over 95% of all photos we receive need corrections to meet the U.S. Government's requirements.

If your photos are not correct, we either adjust the digital resolutions to meet the exact requirements or we request new photos from you...which we then review and adjust if necessary.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREEN CARD LOTTERY

The United States Government holds one American Green Card Lottery each year, and there are 50,000 winners in each Lottery. Qualified winners and their family members can receive a US Green Card and the right to live and work in the USA.

You may email us your digital photos for Green Card Lottery DV-2015 after July 1, 2013!

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no fee to enter the Lottery; however, we do charge a fee for our service to correct the digital sizes of your photos. You are reminded that we are not affiliated with the US Government. We are a service company that has been assisting clients with entries into the Lottery since 1996. It will be our pleasure to assist you with your digital photos for use with you official entry..

Best Wishes and Good Luck!

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