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Green Card Lottery Requirements



To be eligible to enter the Green Card Lottery, you must meet the following requirements.

Step I. Claim nativity in an eligible country, and 
Step II. Meet either the education or training requirements.

 Step I. Claim nativity in an eligible country
To enter the lottery, the applicant must be born in an eligible country. Citizens of almost every country in the world are eligible, except citizens of these countries listed below.

If you were born in an ineligible country, you may still qualify if:
  • Your spouse (legally married husband or wife) was born in an eligible country; or
  • Both parents were born in an eligible country. It doesn't have to be the same country.

If you qualify through your parent's or spouse's country of birth, you should enter your country of birth in the "Place of Birth" field, and your parent/spouse country of birth in the "Native Country" field.

If you were born in one of the following countries, you CANNOT participate in the 2008 Green Card Lottery:

  • BRAZIL
  • CANADA
  • CHINA (mainland) - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are eligible
  • COLOMBIA
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  • ECUADOR
  • EL SALVADOR
  • GUATEMALA
  • HAITI
  • INDIA
  • JAMAICA
  • MEXICO
  • PAKISTAN
  • PERU
  • PHILIPPINES
  • POLAND
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • UNITED KINGDOM (and its dependent territories) - Northern Ireland are eligible
  • VIETNAM
 
 Step II. Education and Training Requirements
To enter, an applicant must have EITHER a:
  • High School Education or its equivalent, defined in the U.S. as a successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education;

    or
  • Two Years of Work Experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.

If you meet the general education and training requirements, you can complete your application today!

If you do not meet the above requirements, you cannot participate in this year's Green Card Lottery Program.


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