ELIGIBILITY: ALMOST ANYONE!
Who can participate?
Excluded Countries: Brazil,
Canada, (People’s Republic of) China (mainland born,
except Taiwan and Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR), Colombia,
Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India,
Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippenes,
Bangladesh, South Korea, United Kingdom/Great Britain
(except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories,
Basically everybody. The only exceptions are persons
born in a country with a very high rate of emigration
into the US.
One’s country of citizenship is not important in this
process. What is most important is the
country of birth, in accordance with current
world political maps.
Individuals who were born in any of the above-mentioned
excluded countries may apply if their spouses were born
in one of the DV-2014-eligible countries, or if the
individuals were born in an excluded country while
parents (both not born in this excluded country) of said
individuals were only temporary residents of the
excluded, non-eligible countries.
The only other requirement is a certification of
completion of secondary school education (comparable to
the US high school diploma) or a
minimum of two years’ work experience (within the past
five years) in a profession which requires at least two
years of training. Proof of these prerequisites are only
necessary when and if a lottery participant wins a
GreenCard. They are not necessary when you are simply
submitting the application.
12 years of high-school
If you do
the equivalent of a high school degree and are not
your job "requires two years of training" you may check
the US Department’s of State Online Database ONET by
Type in your profession and click on "Summary". You will
find an analysis on how many years of experience in your
job are needed in the chapter "Job Zone > Overall
ATTENTION: List your family members correctly
You must list your partner/spouse (if you are married)
and all your children under 21 years on your
application. Your spouse´s children must be listed too!
Photos must be provided of all family members on the
This does not mean
that all family members have to immigrate to the US.
After winning, the principal applicant can decide who to
take along or not! However, all family members must be
listed on the initial application to avoid