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WHAT DOES IT MEAN GREEN CARD LOTTERY? PROGRAM OVERVIEW

09.03.2017, Moscow. Expert opinion.

 
 
 

 

DENIS KARASYOV,
PRESIDENT PANGAEA INVESTMENT COMPANY

 

Over the years of my work, I have repeatedly heard a lot of questions about the Green Card Lottery. The questions are very different, but if all of them are combined into one, then the general meaning will be reduced to the possibility of winning the lottery and the probability of this. What are my chances of getting the cherished "Green Card" and move to the US? The chances are just colossal! For example, if you compare the chances of winning a Green Card Lottery with the chance to win Jack Pot in the "5 of 36" lottery, with a fairly large win, usually about 200 million rubles, then every year in Russia there would be two and a half million new millionaires. It's just a staggering figure! And this is real statistics, and statistics, as you know, is a science that does not tolerate approximations. Are you intrigued? Then let's study in detail what needs to be done to win the Green Card Lottery and go to the US. However, to begin with, I want to introduce myself so that you understand what kind of "wise guy" is giving you tips here and of course we need to understand what myths are and what is true.

I work in the field of providing US immigration advice services for many years. During this time, thousands of our clients in the CIS countries and the Middle East, where our offices work, received professional help and successfully immigrated to the United States. Such success became possible only thanks to the professionalism and detailed approach of our team to each client and, of course, our cooperation and constant close work with the largest immigration law companies in the USA. In particular, I personally, as well as my team in Russia and my team in the Middle East, are engaged in providing services in one of the most complex legally immigration options - the US State Immigration Program "EB-5", which entitles the investor and members of his family immigrate to the United States and immediately get Green Card by investing big funds in approved by the US Government Investment Projects. So I can safely say that I am well versed in immigration issues in the United States, and many years of successful work of my company on the international market confirms this and says that I understand what I'm talking about. So, let’s go back to the Green Card Lottery. To begin with, I want to dispel the basic myths that almost always involve participation in this lottery.

Myth One: "It's very difficult to win"

That is not true. It is quite easy to win the lottery. I already mentioned the statistics above and made a slight comparison. However, there are some nuances when submitting an application, the execution of which is compulsory. I’ll describe them in details below.

Myth Two: "If I won, then I'm already American"

Having received a notification that you are a lucky winner of the Green Card Lottery, there comes the second stage for you - the stage of preparing documents for departure to the United States. This is a very serious stage and any discrepancy with the data you entered when submitting an application with the data of your documents will almost always reduce your winnings to zero. Yes, yes, the fact that you won Green Card does not yet give you the right to enter the United States and especially does not make you an American. That is why the approach to the first step, namely to the application for participation in the lottery, is the key and must be made as competently, accurately and professionally, as possible. For example, a discrepancy in data with only one letter can cause a failure, not to mention more serious discrepancies and inconsistencies in the data in your application.

Myth Three: "You have to pay for participating in the lottery and work only with the official representatives of the Green Card Lottery"

Complete nonsense! Remember, participation in the Green Card Lottery is FREE! And, there are no official representatives of the Green Card Lottery. They are not even in the US. Anyone who will tell you that he is an official representative of the Green Card Lottery is a fraudster! There is only one legal state online resource where applications for participation in the Green Card Lottery are accepted at a certain time and in a specific procedure. There are no other sites of so-called "official" partners or representatives of the Lottery. Any resources that claim the opposite are fake and deceptive.

However, this does not prevent you from hiring a specialist who will help you professionally, taking into account all official requirements, fill out an application on the official lottery website in English, and also explain the disputable or incomprehensible points of this procedure. Only these services are paid by you depending on the tariff of your adviser for filling in the application for Green Card.

Of course, there are a lot of other mythological statements and beliefs, but I do not want to particularly dwell on them in this article. Let's talk finally about how to apply for participation in the Lottery, and about the features of this "game".

First of all, it is necessary to understand that the Green Card Lottery is not a goal, but only an instrument in its achievement. And it’s a very real and effective way to get to the US in the shortest possible time minimizing your efforts. And efforts that you need to make are rather considerable. America is really a great country with a very powerful and developed economy, with a high standard of living. That is why the immigration policy of this country is very tough. To get to the US even as a tourist is not always easy. And it's almost impossible to go to the states on a work visa, unless the American employer applies for you, and the employer should also be reliable from the point of view of the American legal system. And even a reliable and proven reputation for the employer in the US will have to prove to the immigration service that you are an expert whom he/she (the employer) can’t find in America itself.

There are, of course, some other ways to obtain an immigrant visa to the United States, but usually they are all connected either to an incredibly complex and lengthy process of filing documents, or only under certain conditions and circumstances, or you must have a solid capital of at least half a million US dollars, which you are willing to invest in the US economy, in order to obtain an immigrant visa as an investor. Therefore, for the vast majority of people who want to move and live in the US - participation in the lottery is sometimes the only chance to realize their dream. But this chance, as I mentioned earlier, is quite real and feasible. For example, several of my friends with whom we studied together, having set out the goal to go to the USA, applied for participation in the lottery. Some of them won immediately, but some had to play for several years in a row. But all of them eventually left for the US just winning the lottery. Just each of them!

Once you become the holder of the Green Card, you can move around freely and live in the US, officially work, receive all social and other benefits like any third-generation US citizen, learn and educate your children, open your business and even travel around the world as a citizen of America, have a high income and an equally high standard of living. The only significant difference between the owner of Green Card and the citizen is the ban on participation in local and regional elections, until you get a passport of a US citizen. I do not think that this restriction can upset someone. And of course, if you comply with US law, after a certain period of residence in the country, you can apply for citizenship. The presence of the Green Card opens all these horizons before you.

In order to take part in the Green Card Lottery, you need to go to the official lottery website and fill out the application form and apply. There are a lot of requirements for applying, including the correct spelling of all names and necessary data, there are serious technical requirements for photos, but all this can be done by yourself and you must go ahead to your goal. However, you must understand that failure to comply with at least one of the requirements for completing the questionnaire will reduce your chances of winning to zero. Therefore, many people turn to specialists for help and in my opinion, this is very correct. All of us are quite well versed in many aspects of our life, but if difficulties, problems or needs arise we go to specialists, doctors, lawyers, consultants, marketers, electricians, etc. This is a competent approach. Especially, in such a case as applying for participation in the Green Card Lottery, that sooner or later will change your entire future life.

My recommendation is to go to a specialist who will provide you with professional help in this important matter. But while addressing someone, pay attention to a few essential criteria for selection. First, such a specialist should at least have experience in processing and filling out various immigration forms that are submitted to US immigration authorities. Secondly, it should be an existing (legally and physically) company and services should be provided to you officially. Unfortunately, there are very few such companies, while there are almost no such companies in Russia, and those companies that do it officially are not on the territory of Russia, and direct communication with them is very difficult. Our company also provides such services. But our approach to this work is completely different and the list of services for the client is much wider. What distinguishes us and why?

Besides the fact that we have tremendous experience with various and most complex documents in the field of immigration in the United States and the fact that we provide our services officially, our clients receive certain bonuses:

*Note! The cost of consulting services for applying for the Green Card Lottery during the official start of the applications is charged with double pricing.

SUMMARIES:

If you have an affirmative answer to these three questions, then, as the Americans say, welcome! Right now you can ask the experts.

 

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