How to get a Green Card

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The American Dream Green Card winners on the Rockefeller Center, New York, August 2007
With a little bit of luck, you can do it too – just like the more than 19,000 American Dream winners before you!

Let’s assume that you decide to participate in the next lottery and you win. What steps will you need to take? How does The American Dream guide you through the process step-by-step?

Filling the application1) Submitting the application

First things first: Apply for the Green Card Lottery with The American Dream. If you are married, both partners can submit separate applications, thus doubling your chance to win!

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The application will be checked

2) Review of all applications

After receiving your application, it will be reviewed for accuracy and we will contact you if we have any questions. All applications will be submitted electronically during the open window of time when the US-authorities accept submissions, usually in October.  You will then be sent your own personal certificate of participation proving your application has been submitted to the US-authorities. 

Dispatch of the winning documents3) Delivery of winning documents

Between May and June of the following year, all applicants will be informed of the results of the Green Card Lottery. If you are among the winners, you will additionally receive our exclusive winner’s guide in the post. This comprehensive guide explains how to apply for the Green Card with detailed, step-by-step instructions from our expert team.


Confirmation of winning the lottery4) Confirmation of winning the lottery

Included in your winner’s package is a letter stating that you have been notified of your win. This letter should be sent back to us to confirm that you know of your Green Card win. During this time, The American Dream team can be reached via phone and E-Mail. Furthermore, as a winner you will have access to our exclusive winner’s forum and info-center. With more than 14,000 threads in our forum, you are sure to find other winners who will share their experience and help you along the way! 


Invitation to the U.S. Consulate5) Invitation to the U.S. Consulate

Depending on your case number and when you submit your application form, you should expect to get an invitation to the US Consulate closest to you starting in October of the same year. Interview appointments always take place from October to September of the following year. The appointment will be scheduled in the consulate responsible for immigration visas in your country. The American Dream will help you prepare for all aspects of this appointment.


First entry to the U.S.A.6) First entry to the USA

After a successful interview appointment, you will have up to 6 months to enter the USA for the first time. When you enter the USA as a Green Card holder for the first time, you will already possess an immigration visa allowing you to go to through the “U.S. Citizen and Green Card holder line”. At the airport, you will be required to give your fingerprint which will be printed on your physical Green Card. You will also get a stamp in your passport that will be your immigration visa until you get your Green Card in the mail. Theoretically, you can immediately start working as soon as you arrive in the USA. You do not have to make the USA your permanent residence on the first trip. Your first entry into the USA can be a short vacation and you can even fly back on the same day if desired.


Welcome Notice7) USA address for the delivery of your Green Card

You need to have an address in the United States for the delivery of your Green Card. When entering the US for the first time, you will be required to give the officer a US address where the Green Card will be mailed. You will receive a “Notice of Action” form the US-authorities informing you of when you should expect your Green Card. If you do not have any family or friends in the USA that can receive mail for you, you are more than welcome to use our The American Dream address in New York. Please let us know if you intend to use this address and we will forward the Green Card to you.


You receive your Green Card8) receiving your Green Card

Tell us where we should mail your Green Card and we will forward it to your home address as soon as we get it! Now you are the proud owner of a Green Card and you can take advantages of all the advantages of being a Green Card holder! 


Support after winning9) Support after winning

By the way: The services provided by The American Dream don’t stop when you have your Green Card in the hand! As an The American Dream customer, you can always come to us with your questions, even if you have been living in the United States for years. If you want to become a US citizen, for example, we are still here for you!