Green Card Lottery Entry Requirements
Who is eligible to enter the Green Card Lottery Program?
The Green Card Lottery Program is open to everyone all over the world who has the two basic entry requirements:
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- You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible.
- You must attain the standard of either education OR work experience
What are the Green Card Lottery NOT eligible countries?
Note that by excluding the United Kingdom the following dependent territories are also excluded; Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgins Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Island, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks&Caicos Islands.
- China (mainland) –
Hong Kong, Macao & Taiwan are eligible
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- South Korea
- United Kingdom (and its dependent territories*) –
Northern Ireland is eligible
Why are these countries NOT eligible?
To enter the Green Card Lottery program you must have been born in a country with a low immigration rate to the United States. Individuals who were born in the countries listed above are not eligible because the countries already sent a total of 50,000 people to the United States in the previous five years.
Do I still have a chance to apply if I was born in a non-eligible country?
Yes, if you were born in one of the non-qualifying countries, you may still be able to participate in the USA Green Card Lottery:
If your spouse (husband or wife) was born in a qualifying country, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth.
If both of your parents were born in a qualifying country and did not live (resided) in your country at the time of your birth, you can claim any of your parents’ country of birth.
What are the work experience or education requirements?
To enter the USA Green Card Lottery Program you must qualify with either the education or the work experience requirement.
1. You must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, which is having completed 12 years of elementary and secondary school.
2. You must have two years of work experience, within the past five years, in a job that required at least two years of training.
Remember that you will not need to submit proof that you satisfy these requirements when submitting your Green Card Lottery entry — however, it will be requested if you are selected as a winner.
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