Today (29 September 2023), the United States State Department announced that for the first time since its inception in 1994, individuals born in the United Kingdom and all its dependent territories will be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the US Diversity Visa Programme this year. Applications must be submitted on or before 7 November.
Holger Zimmermann, managing director of The American Dream, Europe´s leading US immigration agency, commented on the news: “The drop in immigration from the UK to the US was probably only due to Covid restrictions. I reckon that the numbers will already be back to old levels very soon. This year might be the only chance for British citizens to participate in this popular programme.”
The Green Card Lottery, as it is popularly known, is an official immigration programme run by the US government to keep immigration diverse. Every year, 55,000 green cards are drawn among participants from countries with low immigration rates to the US. Internal statistics show a success rate of about 1 in 45. For married couples, the chances are twice as high. Applications are free and must be submitted by 7 November 2023. Winners will be announced in May 2024.
The American Dream is a government-licensed immigration consultants that have assisted people with all aspects of immigration and travel to the USA since 1996. To date, they have helped more than 21,000 immigrants on their way to a Green Card and more than 50,000 leisure and business travelers obtain a visa or ESTA.
Holger Zimmermann concluded: “Since more than 60 % of all applications are regularly disqualified due to minor errors, accredited immigration agencies such as The American Dream ensure that applications are submitted correctly and help winners with further processing.”
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