How to apply for a Green Card 2022 (DV-2024)

How to apply for a Green Card 2022 (DV-2024)

Do you have a Valid Passport? The application is free and open.

The State Department Web site for the 2024 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2024) is now open. The entry submission period for DV-2024 started from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 5, 2022 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 8, 2022. 

The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only and any other Entries will NOT be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.

i) Read the DV-2024 Instructions carefully.

Please read the DV-2024 Entry Instructions carefully. Entrants may be disqualified for not completing the entry form correctly or by submitting more than one entry. 

Use the link below to view the instructions.

DV-2024 Instructions

ii) Read the Photo Instructions carefully.

Before beginning, the entry process, verify that your picture and pictures for any dependents fully comply with the DV entry photo requirements included in the DV-2024 instructions. Your case will be disqualified if you submit a non-compliant photo. 

For examples of acceptable photos, click the button below.

visa photos examples

iii) Entry Form

The entry form is prepared in two parts, one for the primary Entrant and one for derivatives (if any). Each part must be completed correctly and completely before going to the next part. After all, parts are completed, the entry will be submitted to the DV-2024 Processing Center. 

Click the link below to begin the entry process.

Application form

iv) DV Entrant Status Check

2024 Entrant Status Check

DV-2024 Entrants may enter their confirmation information through the link below starting at noon (EDT) on May 6, 2023. The DV-2024 registration period opens on October 5, 2022, and closes on November 8, 2022. DV-2024 Entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2024.

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2023 Entrant Status Check

DV-2023 Entrants have until September 30, 2023, to check the status of their entry through this website. The DV-2023 registration period was from October 6, 2021, until November 9, 2021.

Click the link below to check DV-2024 and DV-2023 Entrant Status.

Entrant Status Check

Advantages of Getting A Green Card

A green card provides many advantages;

Primarily that it allows the green card holder to permanently live and work in the United States, and after many years, become a U.S. citizen.

i) You can apply for U.S. citizenship after three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen, or five years if not.
ii) You cannot be deported to your country of origin. 

Green card holders maintain their status as permanent residents no matter what future changes may be made to U.S. immigration laws. 

A green card is not temporary, and can not be revoked with potential changes to immigration laws. 

A green card holder, however, can lose their residency by committing a crime, violating a law, or doing something that can potentially result in deportation.

iii) You do not have to renounce citizenship of your country of origin.
iv) You are legally protected by the laws of the United States, your state of residence, and your local jurisdiction. 

The same protections under the law that apply to U.S. citizens apply to those granted permanent residence.

v) You can sponsor other family members for a green card. 

Family members of permanent residents are given priority, but not as great a priority as family members of U.S. citizens. Eligible family members include spouses, children, parents, and siblings (as well as the spouses and children of those spouses, adult children, and siblings).

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vi) You can travel to and from the United States more easily than other visa holders or new arrivals. 

Permanent residents can travel abroad and re-enter the United States with a valid green card, as long as they return within 12 months.

vii)You can travel or live anywhere within the United States. State borders are not limited, and there is no need to check in with city or state government agencies.
viii)You are eligible to receive federal benefits such as social security or education assistance. 

Permanent residents may apply for government-sponsored financial aid for education. Additionally, green card holders are entitled to in-state or resident tuition rates at certain colleges and universities. If a green card holder resides in the United States long enough, they may receive social security benefits.

ix) You may apply for a wide variety of jobs. 

Green card holders experience greater job opportunities than those on a work visa. For instance, permanent residents can apply for jobs that involve security clearances and/or work for the government.

x)You can engage in the political process. 

Politics at all levels, from the local councilperson to the president, can influence life in the United States. 

Green card holders are eligible to make financial contributions or volunteer for the candidate of their choice in U.S. elections.

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