The U.S. Department of State (DOS or State Department) has released instructions for the FY 2011 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2011)‚ also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Program provides a means for foreign nationals to become permanent residents of the U.S. (to acquire green cards) regardless of whether they have a family member or an employer willing to sponsor them. The State Department has made 55‚000 permanent resident visas available to persons meeting the simple‚ but strict‚ eligibility requirements. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application during the appointed time will be entered into a lottery from which the 55‚000 green card entries will be selected. Please note that the 2010 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program had 13.6 million applicants for 55‚000 permanent resident visas. Applications must be submitted electronically between noon EDT on Friday‚ October 2‚ 2009 and noon EST on Monday‚ November 30‚ 2009. The electronic form must be submitted online at www.dvlottery.state.gov. There is no fee.
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