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Green Cards and Permanent Residence in the U.S.

Learn how to get a Green Card to become a permanent resident, check your green card case status, bring a foreign spouse to live in the U.S. and what documents you need when traveling back to the U.S. Also, find out how to enter or check your results for the Diversity Visa Lottery program.

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  • Gives you official in the United States
  • Entitles you to certain rights and responsibilities
  • Is required if you wish to

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Apply for a Green Card

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  • If you are eligible, file with USCIS, including all supporting documents and fees.
  • USCIS will review your application and schedule an interview with you. 
  • Once issued, your Green Card will be valid for 10 years.

Renew or Replace a Green Card

Learn how to renew or replace your Green Card:

  • if your current card expired or will expire in the next six months.
  • for a number of reasons, including loss or theft.

Check Your Case Status

  • of your case using your receipt number. 

Beware of Scams

Đang chơi bàiIf you are not familiar with the immigration, visa or Green Card process, scammers will try to take advantage of you by getting your personal information or your money. Learn about  and .  

and pages from the Department of State (DOS).

For more information, details on a procedure, or status, call the DOS at 1-202-485-8000Đang chơi bài. Phone hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Appointment hours are from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET, Monday through Friday.

to learn more about the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Đang chơi bàiAlso known as the Green Card lottery, the DV program makes a limited number of immigrant visas available every year to people meeting certain eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a foreign citizen from a country with a low immigration rate to the United States. Each year, the U.S. Department of State puts out a list of eligible and ineligible countries. The list of countries may change each year. See the  for the most recent list.
  • You must have graduated from high school or its equivalent or have qualifying work experience.

Participating in the Lottery  

The lottery is open once a year, usually for 4 to 5 weeks in the fall.

  • Online registration for the 2022 Diversity Visa Lottery began on October 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET, and will end on November 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET.
  • If you qualify for a Green Card, 2022 is the year you can enter into the United States. 
  • Complete the online application for the lottery. It is a web form only and cannot be downloaded. There is no charge for registering.
  • Keep your confirmation number in a safe place; you will need that number to check the status of your entry online. If you lose it, you can .

Đang chơi bàiFor help, review the  or watch a State Department 

DV Lottery Results

  • . The 2021 results are available through September 30, 2021. The 2022 results will be available beginning May 8, 2021 through September 30, 2022.
  • Make sure you have your confirmation number to check your application status. You can only check your status by going online. The State Department will not send you a letter or an email about winning a Green Card. See the fraud warning below.

If You Are a DV Lottery Winner

If you are selected through the random lottery drawing, you can move forward in applying for an immigrant visa  (Green Card).

  • If you have a question about your interview, call the Kentucky Consular Center, 1-606-526-7500, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM ET.

Fraud Warning

The State Department wants DV lottery participants to know about scams involving . The U.S. government is the exclusive operator of the DV program. It may send you an email reminding you to check the status of your entry, but it will not contact you by email or letter to let you know if you are a winner. You have to  yourself. The U.S. government will also never ask you to pay for your visa in advance by wire transfer, money order, or check.

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  • Your

  • Đang chơi bàiCertain immediate relatives, such as or

  • Đang chơi bàiIf you are a permanent resident, you can sponsor:

    • (regardless of age)

    If you are a refugee or asylee within the past two years, you can petition for certain family members to obtain .

    If you or a member of your family is in the U.S. military, you may petition for citizenship for .

    Đang chơi bài to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad if:

    • Đang chơi bàiYou are a foreign citizen living in the U.S. or

    • Đang chơi bàiYou have a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)

    Đang chơi bàiThese necessary documents should be obtained before your trip. You can get them from .

    Permanent and Conditional Residents

    • If you’re absent from the U.S. for one year or longer:

      • Đang chơi bàiApply for a re-entry permit using .

        • For permanent residents, the re-entry permit is valid for two years from the date of issue.

        • For , it is valid for up to two years.

    • Đang chơi bàiIf you’re absent from the U.S. for less than one year:

      • No additional document is required.

      • Show your upon your return.

    All Other Foreign Citizens Living in the U.S.

    • Contact USCIS and your country's embassy or consulate for all document requirements.

    Đang chơi bàiNote: If you need a travel document, but left the U.S. without obtaining one, contact for assistance:

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    Đang chơi bàiLast Updated: October 2, 2020

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