Hoping to migrate to the United States? Embassy opens 2019 Diversity Lottery Programme

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 17:45

The U.S. Embassy has announced the opening of the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

The programme, which is often called the “Green Card Lottery,” is the only official lottery program for immigrant visas to the United States.

Registration began at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and ends at noon EDT on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

There is no fee to apply.

This annual U.S. government-sponsored program makes more than 50,000 immigrant visas available worldwide to persons from countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, with lower rates of immigration to the United States.

The Embassy says that the application process is free and program requirements are simple, but strict.

Most notably, applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school degree or work experience in a job that requires at least two years of formal training. (Information about qualifying job experience can be found at the website listed below.)

Applicants who apply for a Diversity Visa but do not have the required education or training experience will not qualify to immigrate to the U.S.

The Embassy says that applicants should check the requirements at www.dvlottery.state.gov to make sure they qualify before applying.

Winners (only) of the Diversity Visa lottery pay a fee directly to the U.S. Embassy on the day of their visa interview.