Every year, the Department of State (DOS) makes it possible for some people’s dream of immigrating to America to come true. While there are many ways to immigrate, individuals without close family or employment opportunities in the U.S. may be left with only one option—the diversity lottery.
The diversity lottery, or DV lottery, occurs annually and allocates 50,000 immigrant visas. The visas are awarded to randomly selected individuals who are from countries where there is traditionally relatively low immigration to the U.S. You could be one of those individuals provided you meet the qualifications and take the necessary steps to be included in the selection process. A Maryland immigration lawyer can assist you in becoming a part of the diversity lottery. Hopefully, as a result you will one day become a resident of the United States.
Applicants who are selected through the diversity lottery must be qualified for permanent resident status in order to be granted a visa and start the process of getting a green card.
Lottery winners are selected randomly and no one can increase your chances, so it is important to avoid anyone who promises they can. A Maryland immigration lawyer serves a different role: ensuring you are in the running and helping you follow up with the appropriate steps if you are chosen.
To be eligible for the diversity lottery, you must have been born in or chargeable to a qualifying country, and you must have either a high school diploma or two years of recent work experience in a specialized field.
If you are selected for the lottery, you are eligible to pursue permanent resident status by applying for an adjustment of status within the United States or by using consular processing to apply for an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulate in your own home country.
A Maryland immigration lawyer will help with the adjustment of status and will advise you on consular processing. Our attorneys will also assist you in understanding the lottery procedures and the legal issues that they raise.
“Winning” the diversity lottery is a dramatic life-changing experience that gives you the chance to pursue all the opportunities America has to offer. You need to be prepared if you are selected and a Maryland immigration lawyer at Miranda & Weisman is ready to help.
Our attorneys can also assist those who did not qualify for the immigration lottery to determine if there are other options available for securing an immigrant visa and getting a chance at coming to the United States.
We know that people throughout the world are eager to come to America and take advantage of the rich opportunities our country offers. We are here to help you explore all possible ways to do that so you can make the immigration laws work for you. Call today to speak with a member of the legal team at Miranda & Weisman: 410-321-4994