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Green Card Lottery Registration is Now Open!

The 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery already began taking applications on Oct 1. It will continue to take applications through November 3, 2014. The Diversity Visa Lottery (more commonly known as the Green Card Lottery) allows an individual from certain underrepresented countries to apply to win a visa to the United States with few requirements. Although the chances of winning are slim it is a widely popular program that millions around the world try their luck at winning. However, if you are one of the lucky few to win you are not guaranteed a visa just yet, you must then go through a background check.  If you haven’t yet submitted an application and you are interested in doing so, then you may want to take advantage of the opportunity now by applying here your Green Card

As you may already be aware, there has been much debate in the U.S. on overhauling the immigration system as it now stands.  This includes eliminating the Diversity Visa Lottery in order to free up more visas for highly skilled immigrants particularly in technology and science. This has sparked some controversy as some have argued that to eliminate the program would significantly decrease the amount of immigrants the U.S. receives from Africa.  Therefore, there would be an even further disproportionately less number of African immigrants compared to immigrants from other places.  It also concerns those in favor of keeping the DV Lottery that the nature of the program, such as extending good will and upholding the ideal of America as a melting pot where anyone from any background can achieve their dreams if they are willing to work hard, may be eroded if the program ends.  However those in favor of terminating the DV Lottery argue that the program could be used by terrorists to get into the U.S.  They also argue that it has led to an abundance of scams preying on hopeful DV lottery applicants.

If you do decide to enter you must wary of any scams. There is no fee to enter. In fact there is no fee until after you are approved for the visa.  A common scam is to set up a website looking like an official U.S. government website and email and let the applicant know that they have won and the applicant should immediately mail them money, but of course the scammers pocket this money and the applicant has not really won a green card.  Remember there is no fee to enter the visa lottery.

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