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Old Oct 12th 2002, 12:01 am
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A question for anyone who has had any experience with the green card lottery. What is the likelyhood of getting one? Do they take personal situations into account when applying? When is the next application date? When do you find out if successful? How much does it cost? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Oct 12th 2002, 1:38 am
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    > A question for anyone who has had any experience with the green card
    > lottery. What is the likelyhood of getting one?

Slim. Millions of people apply every year.

    > Do they take personal situations into account when applying?

No, it is completely random.

    > When is the next application date?

It is current right now and runs until November 6th.

    > When do you find out if successful?

Next year....around April-August. You are not notified if you don't win.

    > How much does it cost?

It is free. You don't have to pay anyone else to apply - just just right
down the appropriate details on a piece of paper and send it in.

    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The official website for the lottery is:
http://travel.state.gov/DV2004.html

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Old Oct 12th 2002, 1:41 am
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In article , paullyd
wrote:

    > A question for anyone who has had any experience with the green card
    > lottery. What is the likelyhood of getting one?

Looks like about 1% (~6,000,000/50,000). In our circle of people that we
assisted, 2 out of 225 won last year. But.... it is a lottery.

    >Do they take personal situations into account when applying?

No

    > When is the next application date?

Now through first week in November (must be delivered by noon 11/6)

    >When do you find out if successful?

Seems like April through September. One of our winners notification was
dated in early September. You don't find out if you don't win, only winners
are notified.

    > How much does it cost?

No cost to enter but various groups and firms offer some services to make
sure the right format and information is provided. See US State Department
web site if you wish to do it yourself.
http://travel.state.gov/DV2004.html.
There is information in Japanese at
our site: www.bgai.com/C-i-A

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Old Oct 12th 2002, 2:06 am
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Originally posted by Melinda Mackenzie:
    > A question for anyone who has had any experience with the green card
    > lottery. What is the likelyhood of getting one?


Thanks so much for your quick reply Mel and Bob. I am not going to go that route as I am Canadian and that particular visa isnt open to Canadians.

I know about the TN visa but i dont believe my qualifications allow for this (I have a b.comm and am currently doing an MBA by distance education- my work experience is in pharmaceutical sales). Will i be accepted for a TN visa? My wife is a nurse and she is moving down with a TN visa - i wish to work also but dont know the best visa to get. Help on this topic would be very much appreciated...

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Slim. Millions of people apply every year.

    > Do they take personal situations into account when applying?

No, it is completely random.

    > When is the next application date?

It is current right now and runs until November 6th.

    > When do you find out if successful?

Next year....around April-August. You are not notified if you don't win.

    > How much does it cost?

It is free. You don't have to pay anyone else to apply - just just right
down the appropriate details on a piece of paper and send it in.

    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The official website for the lottery is:
http://travel.state.gov/DV2004.html

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Old Oct 12th 2002, 10:19 pm
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"Bob Green" wrote ...
    > > ... the green card lottery. What is the likelyhood of getting one?
    > Looks like about 1% (~6,000,000/50,000). In our circle of people that we
    > assisted, 2 out of 225 won last year. But.... it is a lottery.

But they choose a particular number of winners from each country... so I
wonder if there are statistics for each country? There must be some
variability in the number of entries that come from each country in relation
to the number of winners to be chosen. It would be interesting to see such
stats.

-John
 

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