The State Department of US opened its visa lottery on 1st of Oct
, this visa lottery is opened yearly which offers a total of 50,000 visas to the applicants from across the world who seek permanent residency in the US.
Those who are interested can apply for the lottery program which is officially called as program for Diversity Visa. They can fill the form on the state department’s DV lottery website. Applications are accepted till 3rd of November. US Embassy located in San Jose highlighted that for this program, this is the only official website and process does not need any intermediary’s intervention.
In previous years, agents were offering some help to people for applying to this diversity visa by taking some amount of fee. They have been popped up and increased in numbers in many countries where this lottery is popular.
This program also grants visas of permanent residency to the people from the countries with fewer immigration rates to the US. The permanent visa is also known as Green Cards. Costa Rica is among those countries where this visa.
Officials from Costa Rica’s Embassy has warned that they are not directly involved in this program, so those candidates who are interested shall look out for the information on the website which is referred. Applications should be submitted electronically, and the print forms are not accepted.
Each person can submit only one application, if anybody sends more than one application, then they are immediately disqualified from the program.
The winners list is declared in the month of May 2016. Participants can verify that list by using the confirmation number which is generated by the system when the application process ends.
Written notifications or emails will not be send by the State Department to all those who got selected. If someone has misplaced his confirmation number, then it will not be possible to verify whether that person got selected or not.
People from Africa and Asia comprises of three-quarters of winners. Lottery winners make up around 4% of permanent residents who are legally admitted to the US every year, according to the Immigration Council of America.