Emigration is a phenomenon that is very popular in third world countries. Long ago, people were forced to emigrate out of these countries to work of slaves in developed nations. Today, people from third world struggle to emigrate to developed countries in search of better living conditions. Developed countries accept immigrants but the window to get in is tightening. This is why the concept of Visa Lottery is both attractive and complicated at the same time.
What is visa lottery?
In January 1990, the United States established an Immigration Act which allowed immigrants into the US from countries who have been sending few immigrants into the States. The criteria to winning the American visa lottery was based on pure luck. Every year, 55,000 people from various countries are given green card visas to work and live in the the United States.
Many other countries in North America and Europe has followed the USA’s example to allow foreign nationals earn permanent residency through a visa lottery.
How easy is it to win a visa lottery?
It’s as easy as finding a needle in a haystack – that’s if your from Africa. Every year, millions of people, from the hundreds of underdeveloped countries across the world, apply for the visa lotteries of various developed countries. The process could take months to complete. In the end only a handful are successful. As was said earlier, the United States visa lottery is the most popular and only 55,000 slots are available. It might look like much but there are millions of people jostling for that space. It takes serious luck to win this thing.
Why do people go after visa lotteries?
As said earlier, most people in developing and underdeveloped countries are eager to leave their country in search of ‘greener pastures’. This is the most popular reason why people leave their countries. For others who have acquired wealth at home, they could be traveling for holidays, to see or attend an event. It could also be for business purposes.
However, the reason why people struggle for visa lotteries is because it’s the easiest way to become a permanent resident of a developed country like America. This is true because the rigors of getting a permanent residency visa through the normal process makes it almost impossible for the average guy in Africa. It’s why you hear stories of a young African boy getting married to a grandma in the US or UK. They just want a green card visa.
How do you apply for a visa lottery?
The easiest way to apply for the visa lottery for any country is to apply online via their visa application page. For those seeking to apply for American visa lottery you can visit this page (https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/(S(ssaoxrjzcpwqvoo0ihmlzlfl))/default.aspx) follow the instructions and fill out the form to apply.
It’s very important you find out if the country you’re applying to offers visa lottery for your country. The best and most trusted way of finding out, besides Googling it, is by visiting the country’s embassy to make an enquiry. Remember, there is an embassy to almost every nation in your country. You can also pick up the visa lottery application form at the embassy if it’s available.
What would it cost to get a visa lottery?
This is a question many people attach money to the answer. But it’s wrong to do that. First, it doesn’t cost anything to apply for the visa lottery. The only cost you’ll incur is the cost of taking some passport photographs and maybe printing the form, that’s if you don’t have a printer at home.
If your visa lottery application is successful, you’ll get invited for an interview. For some countries like the United States you’ll be required to pay a non-refundable fee of about $330. This fee varies for various US embassies. You’ll also need to get a six-month old international passport. This cost money too.
Avoid those cheap scammers who promise to help you win a visa lottery for a specific fee. They have no authority to do that, even if they work right in the embassy.
Which countries offer visa lottery?
We’ll end with this list of countries that offer visa lottery.
United Arab Emirates
United States of America.