Green Card Lottery Guide

Below you will find detailed instructions on how to complete your Green Card Lottery application form. Please make sure that all information is complete and that birth dates and names correspond to those in your passport. All mandatory fields in the application form are marked with a check mark and must be completed.

Step 1: Fill out basic data


Personal information

The first step is to enter your personal data such as your name and date of birth. All fields are mandatory and must be filled out. The checkmark turns green if the entered data is accepted or red if the given details are incorrect.

Instructions: Personal information

First name(s)

Please enter your first name as it appears in your passport. For example, if there are two first names in your passport, you must enter them here. It does not matter whether only one of the first names is used as your first name.

Date of Birth

There is no minimum age for participation in the Green Card Lottery. However, participants under the age of 16 generally do not meet the necessary educational requirements.

E-mail

Please provide a valid and individual email address, as we will send you your confirmation of participation, your lottery result and other important news to this address. Therefore, please do not enter the same e-mail address as your spouse's, for example!

Sex

Here you can only choose between the options "male" and "female", as the US authorities do not offer the third gender yet. In this case, select the option you feel most comfortable with or as specified in your passport.


Step 2: Details of the main applicant


Address data

Please enter your current address in this step. Street names can be abbreviated in the usual way. If your address does not contain a street name, you can alternatively enter your P.O. box.

If you do not have a postcode, please enter "00000" or alternatively an address of a relative or close friend where we can reach you.

If your address should change after your registration, please inform us immediately or change it in your customer account, so that we can reach you in case you win.

Instructions: Address data

Biographic Data

City and Country of Birth

Please enter your city of birth as it appears in your passport, as some city names are rarely changed over time. You must state your country of birth within today's borders! As an example:

  • Gaza → Israel
  • former Yugoslavia → either Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, or Macedonia
  • Kosovo → Serbia

Attention: Some countries are unfortunately excluded from participating in the Green Card Lottery by the US authorities. However, there is still a possibility to apply if:

  • your spouse was born in one of the currently eligible countries or
  • at least one parent was only temporarily staying in the country of your birth (e.g. for their studies or temporary employment). In this case, please enter the country of birth of your spouse/parent as "Native Country".

Instructions: Biographic data

Education

You can apply for the Green Card if you have at least a high school diploma (or higher), defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education.

Alternatively, you may have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. 

In our Green Card Lottery application form you have the following options:

  • Primary school only
  • High school, no degree
  • High school degree
  • Vocational school
  • Some university courses
  • University degree
  • Some graduate level courses
  • Master degree
  • Some doctorate level courses
  • Doctorate degree

IMPORTANT: You will only have to prove your educational level to the US Consulate at the Green Card interview if you win!

Do you have any questions? Please feel free to contact us at info@green-card.com!

Passport information

To participate in the Green Card Lottery, a valid passport has been required since July 2019. Please enter your passport number as it appears on the first page in your passport. The number can contain numbers and digits, which is why you should make sure you distinguish between "0" and "O".

Note: German passport numbers, for example, never contain the letter "O", but always the number "0".

Please also enter the issuing country and issuance date of your passport. You can also find both on the first page of your passport.

In order to participate successfully in the Green Card Lottery, your passport must be valid until at least 10 November 2019. Therefore, please also indicate when your passport expires.

Note: In case your passport expires before the lottery results are announced, you must keep your invalidated passport or a copy of it. If you win, you should be able to prove to the US consulate why your passport number has changed.

Instructions: Passport information

You have the option of skipping the passport details and adding them to your customer account later - but no later than 15.10.2020.

Photo for the Green Card Lottery

For a successful participation in the Green Card Lottery, applicants must upload a recent valid photo of themselves, which meets the following criteria:

  • colored photos only
  • neutral, light background
  • no glasses, sunglasses, hats or anything covering the head
  • photo was taken in the past 6 months
  • photos of previous lotteries should not be used
  • directly facing the camera (not from the side)
  • no copies from any source of identification (e.g. passports)
  • a picture size minimum of 300dpi, 51x51mm, 600x600 Pixel, JPEG file

MORE ABOUT THE PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

 

Instructions: Photo tool

With the help of our photo tool you can enlarge, reduce or rotate your pictures and adjust them to the correct size ratio.

However, you can skip uploading the photo at this point and add it to your customer account later - but no later than 15.10.2020.

Instructions: Photo

Step 3: Familiy data

When you complete the Green Card Lottery application, you must indicate your marital status and the number of children you may have.

You can choose from the following marital statuses:

  • unmarried
  • married
  • divorced
  • widowed

If you are legally married you must list your spouse on the application form as well. This is necessary even if you are living separately but are not divorced yet. In case you win you decide who will get a Green Card.

You have the option of entering the photo and data of the spouse/child instantly or skipping the step and adding them to your customer account later - but no later than 15.10.2020.

Instructions: Family data

Spouses in the Green Card Lottery application

If you are officially married, you must also provide your spouse's details in the Green Card Lottery application. You can add them to your customer account directly or at a later date - but no later than 15.10.2020.

You must provide the following data regarding your spouse:

  • Sex
  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Date of Birth
  • City of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Education
  • Photo

Instructions: Spouse info

Same-sex spouses

Same-sex spouses must be stated in the Green Card Lottery application if they are married under US law, e.g. possible in Denmark, the USA or since 1st October 2017 also in Germany!

Unfortunately, same-sex partners are not allowed. However, it is also acceptable to marry the registered partner only in the event of a win, so that he/she will then also receive a Green Card.

Double chance for married couples

As the spouse also receives a Green Card in the event of a win, married couples have the opportunity to take advantage of the double chance of winning! All you have to do is register both spouses for the Green Card Lottery!

If you have already filled in your spouse's details, you will be given the opportunity to register your spouse in the next step under the tariff overview. This gives you the following advantages:

  • Data + photo of spouse do not need to be re-entered.
  • You will automatically receive a 10€ discount on the registration of your spouse.
  • Double your chance of getting a Green Card! 

Instructions: Double chance

Children in the Green Card Lottery application

To apply for the Green Card Lottery, you must enter all single children under 21 years of age, such as

  • illegitimate children,
  • adopted children
  • children belonging only to the spouse.

Instructions: Child info

You must provide the following information about your child(ren):

  • Sex
  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Date of Birth
  • City of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Photo

This also includes any children your spouse may have, even if you do not have custody. If you win, you decide which children will receive a Green Card.

You can enter their details directly or add them to your customer account at a later time - but no later than 15.10.2020.

The exclusion of certain children may lead to a subsequent disqualification in the event of a win.

Step 4: Payment


Services and Prices

In this step you will get an overview of our three tariffs Basic, Smart or VIP as well as the corresponding services and fees. Choose the service package that suits you best.

Instructions: Service + Prices

Discount code

If you have a currently valid discount code from us, you can enter it here. The amount will be automatically deducted from the total sum.

If you do not have a discount code, you can simply leave the field blank.

Attention: Please do not enter your customer login code here!

Instructions: Discount

sum

Finally, the total amount to be paid is displayed. In the list you will also find our current seasonal discount and - if applicable - another discount code you may have used.

Instructions: Sum

payment options

In the last step you can conveniently choose between the following payment options:

  • VISA
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • American Express
  • PayPal

If none of these payment methods suits you, you still have the option to transfer the amount to us via Western Union:

Country: Germany

Recipient: Alexander Kos

Reference: DV-2022 + [Your customer number]

Depending on the selected payment method, please enter the corresponding payment data and re-check everything for correctness!

If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Completion of the Green Card Lottery application

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✔ Breaking Green Card Lottery news

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Before you can complete your lottery application, you must also accept our Terms and Conditions as well as our Privacy Policy. Please tick the appropriate boxes as well. Your application will then be sent to us via the 'Apply now' button.

Instructions: Final note

Confirmation & next steps

Congratulations, you have now come quite a bit closer to your American dream! You will shortly receive an order confirmation with your customer number by e-mail. We will then carefully check all your data and will get back to you in case of any questions.

Should all data be correct, you will receive your official participation confirmation within the next two weeks.

In October we send your data to the US authorities in due form and time. We will inform you about the outcome of the lottery next year in May after the official draw. We keep our fingers crossed for you! Of course we will also support you on your way to the Green Card after a win!