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Carl Shusterman's Immigration Update

DV-2016: The Last Green Card Lottery?

Rating: 3 votes, 5.00 average.

On October 1, 2014, you should, if you are qualified, apply for the DV-2016 green card lottery.


It is free. If you win, you can get green cards for you and your family within a short period of time. There are 50,000 green cards and this may be your final chance to apply.

The Senate, in 2013, passed an immigration reform bill which would eliminate the DV lottery. It looks like the House will refuse to pass the Senate bill, but not because they like the lottery. They donít! So, if both houses of Congress can get their act together in 2015 and pass immigration reform legislation, the DV-2016 green card lottery may be the last of its kind.

Do You Qualify for the DV-2016 Lottery?

You may unless you were born in a country listed below:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

By the way, persons in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are eligible to apply.

Just to make things a bit more complicated, if you were born in a country on the list, but your spouse was not, both of you can apply for the lottery.

If you were born in a country where neither of your parents was born, and they were not legal residents of that country at the time of your birth, feel free to use the country of birth of either of your parents to apply for the DV-2016 lottery.

Also, you must be a high school graduate (or the equivalent) or have 2 years experience during the past 5 years in an occupation requiring at least 2 years of training or experience to perform.

You donít need an attorney to apply, but you do need access to a computer (or a tablet or smart phone) since you must apply online at

The application period starts at noon on October 1, 2014 (Eastern Daylight Time) and ends at noon on November 3, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time). My advice: Apply early and avoid the crowds. Read the State Department Instructions carefully before you apply.

Be realistic: Over 10 million people will apply for 50,000 green cards and all applicants are not treated equally. About 20,000 of the DV-2016 green cards will be given to persons born in Africa and another 20,000 to persons born in Europe.

So, if you were born anywhere else in the world (Asia, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand), winning the DV-2016 will be a longshot, but what have you got to lose?

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Updated 09-24-2014 at 09:28 AM by CShusterman


  1. Dave Francis's Avatar
    Listen Moderate Conservatives,

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    ?Since you have postponed these executive actions until after the midterm elections, you will have ample time to consider the ideas put forth by Secretary Johnson and others before you make any decisions to fundamentally alter how our immigration laws are enforced, grant immigration benefits to millions of unlawful immigrants, or otherwise modify how our immigration laws are interpreted. You have made clear that you will take such actions without the passage of any legislation by Congress, and therefore without the input of the American public?s representatives.

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    The letter, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, is signed by Representatives Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), George Holding (R-N.C.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Trent Franks (R-Az.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Steve King (R-Iowa), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Randy Forbes (R-Va.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

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    Large corporations and big business are laying-off birthright, naturalized citizens and green card holders, making an avenue for lower paid illegal aliens. BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS, AMERICANS MUST BE ON THEIR GUARD FOR NON-CITIZENS ILLEGALLY VOTING? This is the number for the central switchboard for every member of Congress to address your opposition at 800-224-3121. As an addition you can contact a Senator or Congressman by typing the abbreviation (Sen) or (Rep) name into any Search Engine such as Google. You might like to check out a new, unbiased cable news channel that is ?One American News? This news is the facts and only the FACTS, that all other news programs have a specific leaning towards a specific party. You can also click-in to their web site, that clearly addresses the news.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Carl Shusterman, in support of his statement that this year might be the last chance to apply for the DV lottery, points out that the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill passed by the Senate in 2013 (S.744) would have eliminated the DV lottery (which, coincidentally, just happens to have made it possible for thousands of people from Africa to immigrate to the US, as he also points out).

    But what are the chances of that bill's ever actually becoming law? A good deal less than the already remote chance of actually winning the DV lottery, it would seem.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 09-24-2014 at 06:26 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. Retired INS's Avatar
    You should also advise those who do win the lottery to apply early. More people are notified of winning than the law permits. This is because many of those chosen never apply. However, if the legal limit is reached, some who were notified of a winning number could be out of luck if they wait too long to apply. As a former immigration manager, I have had to give the sad news to a few applicants.
  4. dalil's Avatar
    We are in septembre 2015 and I cant find any trace of such law. Does it mean the DV application process would start in the next days ?
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