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How to apply for the Green Card Lottery for Indian citizens

The United States Diversity Visa Lottery, widely known as the Green Card Lottery, offers hope for many aspiring to embrace life in the US. However, at the moment, Indian citizens aren’t eligible for this immigration program.

Despite this, stay informed and prepared, as the eligible countries' list could change annually, potentially including India. Contact the US Government for updates. This article serves as a guide, detailing the intricacies of the Diversity Visa Lottery and outlining what might happen if the tides turn in favor of India.

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DV Lottery: Can Indian citizens apply for the Green Card Lottery?

Currently, Indian citizens aren’t eligible to participate in the Diversity Visa Lottery. This change reflects the shifting immigration patterns and policies of the United States. However, you shouldn’t lose hope. The US government reviews the eligibility annually, and India could be included in the future.

If DV Lottery becomes available for India in the future, you'll want to know what to expect. So remember that it’s a lottery system, meaning that applicants are chosen randomly. Being selected is just the first step and doesn’t guarantee a visa.

Successful applicants must then attend a visa interview and provide the necessary documentation. The final decision rests with the US immigration authorities.

How to apply for the Green Card Lottery for Indian citizens with us

Even though Indian citizens are currently unable to apply, knowing the application process for the Green Card Lottery remains beneficial. Should the eligibility criteria change, you would be well-prepared to seize the opportunity.

Choose to apply with us or directly with the US Government, you can find all DV Lottery details here.

The application window typically opens between October and November each year. However, our platform allows eligible citizens to apply anytime. We hold applications and submit them when the US government opens the next registration period. This way, applicants can avoid the stress of last-minute submissions.

The Green Card Lottery application process on our platform is as follows:

  • Step 1: Visit our website or the iVisa app. Complete the application form providing contact, travel details, and educational qualifications, then pay the service fees.

  • Step 2: You’ll receive a detailed manual guide via email with instructions for the next application steps.

  • Step 3: Complete the rest of the form, upload a photo, and submit the application. The US government typically announces the results in May of the following year.

US Embassy in India

The Green Card Lottery isn’t currently available for Indian citizens, but there are other US long-term visas that permit you to live in the United States. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India can provide valuable information and support for all visa-related queries. They can assist with understanding various visa types and requirements and address any travel concerns.

U.S. Embassy in New Delhi:

  • Address: Panchsheel Marg, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021, India

  • Phone: +91 11 2419 8000

U.S. Consulate in Chennai:

  • Address: Gemini Circle, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600006, India

  • Phone: +91 44 2857-4000

U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad:

  • Address: Survey No. 115, 1, Financial District, Nanakaramguda, Telangana 500032, India

  • Phone: 040 6932 8000; +91 22 62011000 (for consular services)

U.S. Consulate in Kolkata:

  • Address: Suite-26, Cta Contemporary Training Academy, 5/1, Ho Chi Minh Sarani Rd, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India

  • Phone: +91 33 6827 2400

US Consulate in Mumbai:

  • Address: Signia Pearl, Signia Pearl, C49, G Block Rd, G Block BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051, India

  • Phone: +91 22 2672 4000

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The Diversity Visa Lottery isn’t currently available for Indians, but we can help you with the US B1/B2 Visa and other travel documents. Contact us via our online chat or WhatsApp.

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