The registration period for the annual immigrant visa (“green card”) lottery will close on November 30. Approximately 50,000 immigrant visas are available pursuant to the “Diversity Lottery.” Persons born in countries that have sent a large number of immigrants to the United States within the past five years are ineligible. This includes persons born in Canada, mainland China, Mexico, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. Applicants also must possess a high school education or equivalent OR possess two years of recent experience in an occupation that requires two years of training or experience to perform.

Applications are submitted via the Department of State’s electronic registration system. For more information, see the October 2 special issue of the Immigration eAuthority or visit the U.S. State Department’s website.

Note: This article was published in the November 2009 issue of the Immigration eAuthority.

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