Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- A ten year old green card, where do my family and I stand?
- Advice on the fast approaching 2015 U.S. visa lottery
- Sponsoring offspring to come to the United States, the V visa
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services warns of phone scam
- How can I reclaim my expired Green Card that I received as a child?
The application period for the 2015 diversity visa lottery will open at noon on Tuesday, October 1, and conclude at noon on November 2. Those participating will have to register electronically through the official State Department website – www.dvlottery.state.gov — and early entry is advised. There is no charge to enter the lottery.
The lottery offers 50,000 green cards on an annual basis to applicants from all countries except the following — Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam. (The only change from 2014 eligible countries is that this year natives of Nigeria cannot apply; countries are excluded from the lottery because they’ve sent at least 50,000 legal immigrants to the U.S. during the past five years.)
“I am not Irish but I’m hoping you can help answer my question. I am a citizen of the U.S. and my brother has a green card. He has an 17-year-old son in his home country who he would like to sponsor for a green card. I am sure that I read somewhere that his son will be able to come here legally and wait for the green card to be approved. Is this true? How can my brother get started on bringing his son here? He is divorced from his son’s mother but they are on good terms and she agrees that America would be a good place for their son to be now that he will soon be done with schooling.”
YOUR brother’s son will not be able to come to the U.S., maintain legal status and wait for his visa to be approved.
“USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. In general, we encourage you to protect your personal information and not to provide details about your immigration application in any public area.”