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Apply, renew, or replace a green card – Immigration Visa Program, Eligibility, and Requirements

Green Card (Permanent Resident Card):

  • It provides you with official immigration status in the United States
  • It gives you certain rights and responsibilities
  • This is necessary if you want to become a US citizen

Apply for a green card

Find out if you are eligible.
If you are eligible, please submit Form I-485-Permanent Residence Registration or Adjustment of Status Application to USCIS, including all supporting documents and fees.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services will review your application and arrange an interview.
Once published, your Green Paper will be valid for 10 years.

Renew or replace a green card

Learn how to renew or replace your green card:

  • If the current card has expired or will expire in the next six months, please renew your green card.
  • For many reasons (including loss or theft), please replace your green card.

Check case status

Use the receipt number to check the status of the case online.

Beware of scams

If you are not familiar with immigration procedures, visas or green cards, scammers will try to take advantage of your interests by obtaining your personal information or money, and learn about common immigration fraud and identity fraud. You can also file a complaint in your state.

Verification file

You may need to show legal documents issued in the United States for use in other countries. These documents may include court orders, contracts, important records, and educational diplomas. In order to verify the signature, seal, or stamp on these documents, identity verification must be performed.

The process of certifying documents depends on the specific document, its publication status, and other factors. Please contact the document certification agency in your state and visit the State Department Certification and Apostille (DOS) page.

Immigrant Visa Visa Program

The United States’ Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) lottery program allows up to 50,000 immigrant visas per year. It provides foreign citizens from countries with low immigration rates in the United States with the opportunity to participate in a random lottery to gain the potential to obtain an immigrant visa. Please visit the State Department’s DV Lottery website to learn more about the program.

Eligibility requirements

The DV program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, provides a limited number of immigrant visas each year for those who meet certain eligibility requirements:

You must be a foreign citizen from a low immigration country in the United States. Every year, the US State Department publishes a list of eligible and unqualified countries. The list of countries may change every year. For the latest list, please refer to the DV 2022 lottery instructions (PDF, download Adobe Reader).
You must have graduated from high school or equivalent or have qualified professional experience.
Participate in the lottery
The lottery is open once a year, usually 4 to 5 weeks in autumn.

The online registration for the 2022 Diversity Visa Lottery will begin on October 7, 2020, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time, and will end on November 10, 2020, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.
If you are eligible for a green card, you can enter the United States in 2022.
Fill out the online lottery application. It is only a web form and cannot be downloaded. There is no registration fee.
Store the confirmation number in a safe place; you will need it to check the status of your online entries. If lost, you can retrieve the confirmation number.
For help, please refer to the DV lottery instructions or watch the State Department’s video on how to submit a registration.

DV lottery results

The results of the DV 2021 lottery are available. The 2021 results will continue until September 30, 2021. The results for 2022 will continue until May 8, 2021, to September 30, 2022.
Make sure you have a confirmation number to check the status of the request. You can only check your status through online access. The State Department will not send you letters or emails about winning a green card. See the fraud warning below.
If you are the winner