The annual Diversity Visa Lottery also known as the Green Card Lottery is a Canadian government program that makes 55,000 Immigrants cards available every year to persons from “underrepresented countries,” which have been less represented in employment and family-based preference categories in the Canada and who meet two basic eligibility requirements.
This years (2018) Green Card Lottery Program is called DV-2019/20 (the year successful applicants may enter the Canada on the green card they won), and is now open to all individuals worldwide who meet two basic entry requirements.
The diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions. More visas are given to the regions that had lower rates of immigration. Also, if a particular country sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the Canada within past five years, the citizens of that country are not eligible to participate in the green card lottery. With each geographical region, no single country may receive more than seven percent (3,500) of the available DVs in any one fiscal year.
Currently, around 80% of the diversity visas are received by Africa and Europe.
Qualifying Education / Work Experience and Occupations
In order to be eligible to enter in the diversity visa lottery, you must have at least a high school education (defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education, comparable to such high school education in the Canada) or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years’ training or experience. Only formal courses of study meet the education requirements. Correspondence programs or equivalency certificates (such as the G.E.D.) are not acceptable.
The Online Canada Immigration Lottery Application Process:
- Check if you qualify
- Register using a valid email address
- Receive registration number and password to your account
- Log into to your account to complete/change your information
- Provide/upload photos of yourself and any co-applicant
- We will crop and resize your photos so that they meet the diversity visa lottery requirements
- We will submit your complete and error free application
- Check online, if you won your Diversity Visa Green Card
- Winners are notified by the Canadaian Government by mail, and by email from us