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Latest Edition of 'Win The Green Card Lottery' For DV-2015 And DV-2016 Is Now Available

MyGreencard.com announces immediate worldwide availability of green card lottery how-to guide for U.S. Diversity Visa.

DV-2016 Version of Win the Green Card Lottery! is now available on Google Play

 

Albuquerque, NM–July 15, 2014 - Creative Networks at myGreencard.com announces the eleventh annual edition of "Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide" is now available on Google Play.

Written for both 2013 winners and those planning to register for the upcoming 2014 green card lottery (“DV-2016”), this latest version is an indispensable how-to guide with dozens of critical tips to help applicants navigate the complicated U.S. immigration process.

For green card lottery registrants, the authors explain personal and residential requirements in much more detail than the U.S. State Department and USCIS government websites. They also include the latest suggestions that can prevent you from being accidentally disqualified; what to do if you are out of status; and other ways to get a green card. They also provide qualifying O*Net occupations; complete photo guidelines; how and when to use lottery services and immigrant attorneys; and more.

 

For green card lottery winners they clearly explain how to use the monthly visa bulletin; all about your ranking number; choosing between adjusting status and consular processing; your interview with the U.S. consulate; how to handle your USCIS green card interview; and what to do if your application is denied. They also provide tips to avoid other lesser-known mistakes in the final stages that can and will prevent you from getting a green card.

According to author J. Stephen Wilson, “Just like last year, the very existence of the diversity program has been in doubt due to pending immigration reform legislation which kills the lottery. However, Republican leadership will not likely allow a vote on immigration reform in the House of Representatives. This will keep the present green card lottery system intact, likely through calendar year 2016."

Although the State Department has not yet announced possible rule changes for this year's lottery, citizens of Nigeria were declared ineligible in 2013 because the United States admitted more than 50,000 immigrants from Nigeria in the past 5 years. This followed the elimination of Bangladesh in 2011 and the re-eligibility of Guatemala in 2012.

Calendar year 2014 applicants have the option to pay an ethical green card lottery service provider any time of year or register themselves for free at the official U.S. government website in October. Although applicants can certainly enter themselves for free, top service providers assist the applicant during the entire process from submitting an application to handling his or her possible winning entry.

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide" (ISBN-9781495116322). This 251-page eBook is published annually. The eleventh edition is available on Google Play at a discounted price of under $35 USD. The first three chapters plus a comprehensive list of diversity visa lottery dates and deadlines are listed at www.myGreencard.com along with weekly immigration news and opinion, reviews of lottery services, and a massive selection of immigration reports from a variety of sources worldwide.

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2013 Green Card Lottery Electronic Status Checking Opens May 1, 2014

MyGreencard.com announces U.S. Department of State Entrant Status Checking for DV-2015 Entrants.

DV-2015 Program Electronic Status Checking begins May 1, 2014 for calendar year 2013 DV lottery

 

Albuquerque, NM–May 1, 2014 - Beginning Thursday May 1, 2014 registrants from last year’s 2013 green card lottery ("DV-2015") can check on-line at the U.S. State Department’s “Electronic Diversity Visa” Entrant Status Check (ESC) website to see if they won.

Diversity visa applicants require three only pieces of data from their green card lottery registration: CONFIRMATION NUMBER, FAMILY NAME (Last Name), and BIRTH YEAR.

If you are a winner and wish to adjust your status in the U.S., file your application to adjust status or apply for an immigrant visa as soon as your Ranking Number is Current on the Visa Bulletin. Since selection of the available 50,000 visas (including spouses and qualifying children) is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Once these numbers have been taken, no further diversity immigrant visas can be issued, by law.

According to J. Stephen Wilson, author of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Guide”:The sooner you check your confirmation number and get your application process started, the greater your chances of winning a green card.

A confirmation number was provided to those who successfully entered the lottery last fall. It is the 16-character number, similar to this: 2015lO0DZWY1DOV9.
Wilson continued, "Those who lost their confirmation number can still check their winning status. The U.S. Department of State now provides a forgot confirmation number page to look up their number.

Once they complete the Entrant information and enter the Authentication Code, the status of their entry will be displayed. It will show a different message based on whether or not their entry was selected for further processing, or if an interview appointment has been scheduled.

If the entrant did not win they will receive this message: "Based on the information provided, the Entry HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED for further processing for the 2015 Electronic Diversity Visa program. Please verify that you have entered all information correctly. You may re-check the Entry status by clicking on the ESC Home Page link below.

Thomas Smith, Customer Service Manager of US Green Card Office, a United Kingdom-based ethical green card lottery service provider adds: "Those who failed to win last year’s lottery can register for the calendar year 2014 lottery now at http://click.usgreencardoffice.com/apply-2014."

If applicants won the lottery the ESC site will display information on what to do next. And, after they have received a notification e-mail, the site will display an appointment letter with information about their immigrant visa interview or adjustment of status.

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide." This 209-page eBook is published annually. The eleventh edition will be available in May 2014 at Google Play for $35 USD. The first three chapters plus a comprehensive list of diversity visa lottery dates and deadlines are available free of charge at www.myGreencard.com along with weekly immigration news and opinion, reviews of lottery services, and a wide selection of immigration reports from a variety of sources worldwide.

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CONTACT: J. Stephen Wilson, +1-805-452-4037
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MyGreencard.com Announces 2013 Green Card Lottery DV-Program

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs published the start and end dates of the 2013 diversity visa lottery and eliminate Nigeria
as a visa-eligible country.

Visit www.mygreencard.com for 2012 diversity visa lottery service ratings

 

Albuquerque, NM–September 19, 2013 - The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs recently announced the online registration dates and official instructions for the diversity visa (green card lottery).

The only major change is that those born in Nigeria are now ineligible to apply. Approximately 100,000 “winners” will be chosen randomly by computer on May 1, 2014 for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad or at a local USCIS office in the United States. Of those, only half will be selected to receive a visa.

 

Those eligible for the green card lottery can register electronically at the official U.S. government website at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ during a 30-day open registration period from: noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, to: noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 2, 2013. Or, applicants can register immediately using a highly rated lottery service.

Approximately 100,000 “winners” will be chosen randomly by computer on May 1, 2014 for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad or at a local USCIS office in the United States. Of those, only half will be selected to receive a visa.

Eligibility is determined by country of birth (not country of residence). Applicants must also meet certain personal requirements. This includes having at least the equivalent of a U.S. high school education or work experience within the past 5 years in one of the qualifying occupations listed in the Department of Labor’s O*Net database.

Countries and islands ineligible for the upcoming calendar year 2013 lottery are: Anguilla, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Columbia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, South Korea, St. Helena, Turks And Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), Vietnam were all ineligible.

Applicants born in all other countries are eligible to enter the lottery.

There is no charge to enter. However, determining eligibility is complicated enough for some, or applicants have special circumstances or issues with their photographs, that many get third party assistance. This includes how-to guides, using a fee-based lottery service, or obtaining help from U.S.-based immigration attorneys. Fees can run from under $100 for one person for one year to over a thousand dollars for multi-year family-based applications with airline tickets for winners and other options.

According to Steve Wilson, Founder of Creative Networks, “Third party assistance can also ensure that U.S. government-issue confirmation numbers are not lost, since the time between entry and status checking for winners is 6 months.”

Holger Zimmerman, President of The American Dream, a leading green card lottery service provider, added: “the American Dream offers a wide range of useful services for Green Card Lottery applicants that are not available directly from the U.S. government. Discounts are available for those who register early.”

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of the 2013 edition of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide." This 209-page eBook (ISBN 9780981693897) is published in PDF format. At a new price of only $9.99 USD, it is only available at Google Plus. The first three chapters plus a comprehensive list of diversity visa lottery dates and deadlines are available free of charge at www.myGreencard.com along with weekly immigration news and opinion and a wide selection of immigration reports from a variety of sources worldwide.

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2013 Green Card Lottery Electronic Status Checking Opens May 1, 2014

MyGreencard.com announces U.S. Department of State Entrant Status Checking for DV-2015 Entrants.

DV-2015 Program Electronic Status Checking begins May 1, 2014 for calendar year 2013 DV lottery

 

Albuquerque, NM–May 1, 2014 - Beginning Thursday May 1, 2014 registrants from last year’s 2013 green card lottery ("DV-2015") can check on-line at the U.S. State Department’s “Electronic Diversity Visa” Entrant Status Check (ESC) website to see if they won.

Diversity visa applicants require three only pieces of data from their green card lottery registration: CONFIRMATION NUMBER, FAMILY NAME (Last Name), and BIRTH YEAR.

If you are a winner and wish to adjust your status in the U.S., file your application to adjust status or apply for an immigrant visa as soon as your Ranking Number is Current on the Visa Bulletin. Since selection of the available 50,000 visas (including spouses and qualifying children) is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Once these numbers have been taken, no further diversity immigrant visas can be issued, by law.

According to J. Stephen Wilson, author of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Guide”:The sooner you check your confirmation number and get your application process started, the greater your chances of winning a green card.

A confirmation number was provided to those who successfully entered the lottery last fall. It is the 16-character number, similar to this: 2015lO0DZWY1DOV9.
Wilson continued, "Those who lost their confirmation number can still check their winning status. The U.S. Department of State now provides a forgot confirmation number page to look up their number.

Once they complete the Entrant information and enter the Authentication Code, the status of their entry will be displayed. It will show a different message based on whether or not their entry was selected for further processing, or if an interview appointment has been scheduled.

If the entrant did not win they will receive this message: "Based on the information provided, the Entry HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED for further processing for the 2015 Electronic Diversity Visa program. Please verify that you have entered all information correctly. You may re-check the Entry status by clicking on the ESC Home Page link below.

Thomas Smith, Customer Service Manager of US Green Card Office, a United Kingdom-based ethical green card lottery service provider adds: "Those who failed to win last year’s lottery can register for the calendar year 2014 lottery now at http://click.usgreencardoffice.com/apply-2014."

If applicants won the lottery the ESC site will display information on what to do next. And, after they have received a notification e-mail, the site will display an appointment letter with information about their immigrant visa interview or adjustment of status.

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide." This 209-page eBook is published annually. The eleventh edition will be available in May 2014 at Google Play for $35 USD. The first three chapters plus a comprehensive list of diversity visa lottery dates and deadlines are available free of charge at www.myGreencard.com along with weekly immigration news and opinion, reviews of lottery services, and a wide selection of immigration reports from a variety of sources worldwide.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: J. Stephen Wilson, +1-805-452-4037
email: media@mygreencard.com


MyGreencard.com Announces 2013 Green Card Lottery DV-Program

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs published the start and end dates of the 2013 diversity visa lottery and eliminate Nigeria
as a visa-eligible country.

Visit www.mygreencard.com for 2012 diversity visa lottery service ratings

 

Albuquerque, NM–September 19, 2013 - The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs recently announced the online registration dates and official instructions for the diversity visa (green card lottery).

The only major change is that those born in Nigeria are now ineligible to apply. Approximately 100,000 “winners” will be chosen randomly by computer on May 1, 2014 for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad or at a local USCIS office in the United States. Of those, only half will be selected to receive a visa.

 

Those eligible for the green card lottery can register electronically at the official U.S. government website at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ during a 30-day open registration period from: noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, to: noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 2, 2013. Or, applicants can register immediately using a highly rated lottery service.

Approximately 100,000 “winners” will be chosen randomly by computer on May 1, 2014 for interviews at U.S. consulates abroad or at a local USCIS office in the United States. Of those, only half will be selected to receive a visa.

Eligibility is determined by country of birth (not country of residence). Applicants must also meet certain personal requirements. This includes having at least the equivalent of a U.S. high school education or work experience within the past 5 years in one of the qualifying occupations listed in the Department of Labor’s O*Net database.

Countries and islands ineligible for the upcoming calendar year 2013 lottery are: Anguilla, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Columbia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, South Korea, St. Helena, Turks And Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), Vietnam were all ineligible.

Applicants born in all other countries are eligible to enter the lottery.

There is no charge to enter. However, determining eligibility is complicated enough for some, or applicants have special circumstances or issues with their photographs, that many get third party assistance. This includes how-to guides, using a fee-based lottery service, or obtaining help from U.S.-based immigration attorneys. Fees can run from under $100 for one person for one year to over a thousand dollars for multi-year family-based applications with airline tickets for winners and other options.

According to Steve Wilson, Founder of Creative Networks, “Third party assistance can also ensure that U.S. government-issue confirmation numbers are not lost, since the time between entry and status checking for winners is 6 months.”

Holger Zimmerman, President of The American Dream, a leading green card lottery service provider, added: “the American Dream offers a wide range of useful services for Green Card Lottery applicants that are not available directly from the U.S. government. Discounts are available for those who register early.”

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of the 2013 edition of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide." This 209-page eBook (ISBN 9780981693897) is published in PDF format. At a new price of only $9.99 USD, it is only available at Google Plus. The first three chapters plus a comprehensive list of diversity visa lottery dates and deadlines are available free of charge at www.myGreencard.com along with weekly immigration news and opinion and a wide selection of immigration reports from a variety of sources worldwide.

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MyGreencard.com Announces 2013 Edition of
'Win The Green Card Lottery' for DV-2015

Creative Networks announces immediate worldwide availability of green card lottery
how-to guide for diversity visa lottery entrants.

 

Albuquerque, NM–August 29, 2013 - The tenth anniversary edition of Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide is now available at Google Plus for those planning to register for the 2013 green card lottery (aka “DV-2015”).

With dozens of critical tips to help applicants navigate the complicated USA immigration process, this new edition includes when to send in multiple applications, what to do if a person is out of status; how to understand the monthly State Department Visa Bulletin; choosing consular processing versus adjustment of status; how to avoid costly and time-consuming pitfalls throughout the process, and much more.

 

According to author J. Stephen Wilson, “Although the existence of this year’s diversity visa lottery has been — and still is — in some doubt due to pending immigration reform legislation, recent statements by influential House Republicans cast significant doubt whether reform will pass in time to kill this year’s lottery.”

Although the State Department has not yet announced possible rule changes, citizens of Nigeria will no longer be eligible because the United States admitted more than 50,000 immigrants from Nigeria in the past 5 years. This follows the elimination of Bangladesh in 2011 and the re-eligibility of Guatemala last year.

Calendar year 2013 applicants will have the option of registering themselves for free at the official U.S. government website, or use an ethical green card lottery service. Why should an entrant use a paid lottery service provider?

According to Holger Zimmerman, President of the American Dream at green-card.com: "For a low flat fee, we offer a wide range of services not available directly from the U.S. government. We assist the applicant during the entire process from submitting an application to handling his or her possible winning entry. We process both digital and analog photos, securely save the applicant’s official confirmation number, and provide notification to winners by both telephone and email."

Editor Austin E. Franklin is a member of the District of Columbia and Illinois Bars and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, ten miles from the nation's capitol, the Law Offices of Austin E. Franklin handle both family-based and employment-based immigration matters. .

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of the 2013 edition of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide." This 209-page eBook (ISBN 9780981693897) is published in PDF format. At a new price of $9.99, it is only available at Google Plus. The first three chapters plus a comprehensive list of diversity visa lottery dates and deadlines for DV-2013 to DV-2015 are available free at www.myGreencard.com.

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Green Card Lottery Services Reviewed for 2012 USA Diversity Visa Lottery

Visit www.mygreencard.com for 2012 diversity visa lottery service ratings

 

Albuquerque, NM–August 30, 2012 - MyGreencard.com published their 2012 reviews for over 70 Internet-based green card lottery services now offering assistance to prospective immigrants for the upcoming annual U.S. State Department-sponsored diversity visa lottery (DV-2014).

Ratings were tabulated from responses to myGreencard.com’s visa lottery service survey, from responses to questionnaires received from owners of immigration services, and by examining each website for published fees, attorney contacts, services offered, contact information, and more.

Since many applicants are starting to register now for the upcoming visa lottery, this review can be particularly helpful to registrants.

 

According to J. Stephen Wilson, Owner of myGreencard.com:

"Although applicants can certainly register themselves for free in October, a large percentage prefer to use a paid lottery service to help ensure their application is completed correctly and for the convenience of registering for multiple years."

Of the 73 domains in their 2012 review, 17 (23%) earned “red flag” penalties indicating possible understaffing, negligence, or potentially fraudulent activity. As in their 2011 ratings, services were penalized for posting obsolete rules from past visa lotteries, or for harboring viruses or other malware.

One of the review criteria is whether the service provides the applicant with his or her official confirmation number. If a service does not provide this number after they register the user’s application with the U.S. government website, or if they could not verify this provision after two attempts to contact the agency, they were failed. They were also penalized if they falsely claim to increase an applicant's chances of winning.

This year only 13 agencies passed myGreencard.com’s green card lottery service reviews, with six (8%) qualifying as “Top” lottery services. However, some services use multiple URLs that redirect to another domain. In these cases myGreencard only reviewed the site that confirms the user’s registration and provides support to the lottery entrant.

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks at myGreencard.com is the publisher of the ninth edition of "Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide to the USA Diversity Visa Lottery" by J. Stephen Wilson and Marybeth Rael; edited by Austin E. Franklin, Immigration Attorney: (ISBN-13: 9780981693880). To order this booklet, obtain the latest immigration news and immigration reports, or check green card lottery service ratings, please visit: mygreencard.com.

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"Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Only" is Now Available for DV-2013 Winners

Available now at myUSAi.org

 

Albuquerque, NM–May 03, 2012 - Timed to coincide with the opening of the U.S. Department of State’s on-line Electronic Status Check (ESC) starting May 1, 2012, this booklet includes just what DV winners need to do if they win. "Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Only" is now available for download in PDF format from myUSAi.org at a list price of only $5.50.

This second edition includes three essential chapters for winners from the 2012 edition of "Win the Green Card Lottery!" - Chapter 6 - "DETERMINE IF YOU WON AND WHAT TO DO NEXT'; Chapter 7 - "CONSULAR PROCESSING"; and Chapter 8 - " ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS (AOS) IN THE U.S."

According to author J. Stephen Wilson:

 

“Immigrating to the United States is complicated and full of pitfalls that can easily cost you your immigrant visa. If you entered the calendar year 2011 green card lottery and won, this latest edition of "Diversity Visa Winners Only" collects dozens of crucial tips from experienced immigration attorneys in one place.”

J. STEPHEN WILSON is founder of myGreencard.com and owner of United States Association of Immigrants at myUSAi.org. He writes on immigration issues with the Albuquerque Immigration Examiner.

EDITOR DANIELLE NELISSE is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and is a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Headquartered in San Diego, California USA, the Law Offices of Danielle Nelisse represent multinational corporations, educational institutions, hospitals, smaller employers and foreign individuals concerning American immigration matters including permanent residence, citizenship, diversity lottery green cards, temporary work visas, NAFTA issues and other aspects of American immigration law.

CREATIVE NETWORKS is the publisher of “Win the Green Card Lottery! the COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide.” First published in 2003, the ninth edition provides step-by-step instructions for self entry, odds of winning, an immigration glossary, links to additional information, and much more.

Creative Networks at myGreencard.com supports an economically viable, compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform platform that addresses both internal and external causes of mass migration, protects our borders, and recognizes the special place immigration holds in American culture and history.

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Eighth Edition of “Win the Green Card Lottery!” Now Available for DV-2013

Creative Networks at myGreencard.com announce worldwide availability of
the October edition of “Win the Green Card Lottery!” for the calendar year
2011 diversity visa (green card) lottery.

 

Albuquerque, NM–October 10, 2011 - The eighth edition of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide” is now available. With dozens of new and updated tips to help applicants navigate the complicated USA immigration process, this edition has the latest requirements from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for DV-2013.

According to author J. Stephen Wilson, "The October edition for DV-2013 is easily the most comprehensive, current, and easy-to-read explanation of the diversity visa lottery available."

This book includes: How to read the monthly State Department Visa Bulletin to determine when your number is “current”; When to choose consular processing versus adjustment of status; What to do if you win and are out of status; How to conduct your visa interview;

 

How to manage denials, and How to avoid many costly, expensive, and time-consuming pitfalls. It also includes step-by-step instructions for self entry with screen shots of the entire process. The full table of contents is available at www.mygreencard.com/toc.php. According to Wilson:

“Published to coincide with the DV-2013 open registration period, no other publisher even attempts to keep up with the frequent updates to the requirements by the DOS and the latest changes in immigration law,”

Editor Danielle Nelisse is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Headquartered in San Diego, California USA, the Law Offices of Danielle Nelisse represent multinational corporations, educational institutions, hospitals, smaller employers and foreign individuals concerning complex American immigration matters including permanent residence, citizenship, diversity lottery green cards, temporary work visas, NAFTA issues and other aspects of American immigration law.

J. Stephen Wilson is the founder of myGreencard.com and myUSAi.org. His interest in immigration comes from working with foreign students and H-1B visa holders for the past 25 years. Steve has degrees from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He currently writes for the Albuquerque Immigration Examiner.

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks is the publisher of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide, DV-2011 – DV-2013." This 237 page booklet is available in PDF format (ISBN-13: 9780981693866) and paperback (ISBN-13: 9780981693873) from resellers worldwide including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others. At a list price of $28.50, it is available for only $25 until November 5, 2011 from the United States Association of Immigrants. The first three chapters are available free at www.myGreencard.com.

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Green Card Lottery Service Ratings for DV-2013

MyGreencard.com rates diversity visa lottery websites by service, fees, and reputation
for the upcoming calendar year 2011 diversity visa lottery.

 

Albuquerque, NM–August 13, 2011 - MyGreencard.com reviewed over 80 Internet-based visa lottery websites currently offering assistance to prospective immigrants in the annual U.S. State Department-sponsored green card lottery.

This review is timely because the numbers of diversity visa applicants are increasing every year while instances of fraud are simultaneously on the rise.

Many applicants register for the lottery well in advance of the opening registration date, which is typically a 30-day period beginning the first week of October.

 

According to J. Stephen Wilson, President of myGreencard.com, “although applicants can certainly register themselves for free, many prefer to use a paid lottery service to help ensure their application is completed correctly, or for the convenience of registering for multiple years.”

Of the 83 domains in their 2011 review, 17 (20%) earned “red flag” penalties indicating possible understaffing, negligence, or potentially fraudulent activity. Most websites were penalized for posting obsolete rules from past visa lotteries or for harboring viruses or other malware.

One of the main review criteria is whether the service provides the applicant with his or her official confirmation number after they register their application with the U.S. government website. If a site does not provide this number they were failed.

This year only 20 services passed myGreencard.com’s reviews, with five (6%) qualifying as “Top” lottery services. However, many services use multiple URLs or redirect to another domain. In these cases they only reviewed the site that confirms the user’s registration and provides support to the lottery entrant. These services were counted only once and the other domain(s) were marked as a “duplicate” site.

Ratings were tabulated from responses to myGreencard.com’s green card lottery service survey form, responses to questionnaires received from operators and owners of immigration services, and by examining each website for published fees, attorney contacts, services offered, contact information, and more.

About Creative Networks

Creative Networks at mygreencard.com is the publisher of the eighth edition of Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide to the USA Diversity Visa Lottery by Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson; edited by Danielle Nelisse, Immigration Attorney (paperback ISBN: 9780981693873; eBook ISBN: 9780981693866). To order or obtain the latest immigration news and immigration reports, please visit: http://www.mygreencard.com.

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Help Available for DV-2012 Green Card Lottery Winners

Creative Networks announces critical tips and detailed instructions for winners of the calendar year 2010 diversity visa program (DV-2012) with their new eBook,
‘Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Only.’

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Albuquerque, NM–July 15, 2011 - Timed to coincide with the availability of the U.S. Department of State’s on-line Electronic Status Check (ESC) starting July 15, 2011, this newly updated publication includes just what diversity visa entrants need to know if they win. Edited by Danielle Nelisse, Immigration Attorney, ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Only’ is available for download from the United States Association of Immigrants at myUSAi.org.

On May 8, 2011 the United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that a programming error caused 20,000 green card lottery applicants to be mistakenly notified they were winners. Although some of those 20,000 may still win the lottery, they (and all other DV-2012 applicants) must recheck their status on or after July 15, 2011 when the software update should be complete.

Applicants for last year’s Diversity Visa Lottery Program need to provide just three pieces of identification to check their winning status online: 1) Confirmation Number, 2) Last (Family) Name, and 3) Birth Year. Winners will receive special instructions and forms from the U.S. State Department.

The new July edition of ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Only’ is the three most important chapters from ‘Win the Green Card Lottery!’: Chapter 6 - "DETERMINE IF YOU WON AND WHAT TO DO NEXT'; Chapter 7 - "CONSULAR PROCESSING"; and Chapter 8 - " ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS (AOS) IN THE U.S."

According to author J. Stephen Wilson, “immigrating to the United States is complicated and full of pitfalls that can easily cost you your visa. ‘Diversity Visa Winners Only’ collects dozens of crucial tips from experienced immigration attorneys into one place. We also keep our clients informed about the latest lottery dates and deadlines, new rules, and fraudulent communications.”

Recently edited sections include: Limitations of Lawful Permanent Residents, Getting Married After you Register, When to Contact an Immigration Attorney, Your Ranking Number and the Visa Bulletin; Choosing Between AOS and Consular Processing; Required Documents; Your Interview with the U.S. Consulate; AOS Processing Steps; How to Handle your USCIS Green Card (Adjustment of Status) Interview; Processing Times, What To Do if Denied, and much more.

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Green Card Lottery Open Registration Dates Halved for DV-2012

MyGreencard.com announces a new free booklet with the latest rules and deadlines for the 2010 green card lottery.

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Albuquerque, NM–September 20, 2010 - Creative Networks at myGreencard.com today announce the calendar year 2010 edition of "Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide for DV-2010 - DV-2012.

This seventh edition has been completely updated with the latest diversity visa dates and rules from the U.S. State Department, including photo guidelines, what to do if you are out of status, tips for entering family members, and more. Edited by Danielle Nelisse, Esq., this comprehensive guide also helps lottery winners residing in the U.S. decide between consular processing abroad or adjusting status; understand their ranking number; comprehend the monthly Visa Bulletin and grasp other concepts required to get a green card.

According to co-author J. Stephen Wilson, founder of myGreencard.com, "The U.S. State Department unexpectedly reduced the open registration period from the usual 60 days to only 30 days. It now begins October 5 and ends November 3. Furthermore, winning letters will no longer be mailed to lottery winners via postal mail."

There were no changes to the list of qualifying or ineligible countries for DV-2012. Ineligible countries are: BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

Creative Networks is the publisher of Win the Green Card Lottery! by Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson. ISBN 9780981693859. It includes screen shots of the registration process, critical tips that can prevent applicants from being disqualified, links to more information, a full index, and glossary of immigration terms; 230 pages. To download the free version containing chapters 1-3 or the purchase all 9 chapters please visit www.myGreencard.com or the United States Association of Immigrants at www.myUSAi.org/shopping.html.

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Online Status Checking Now Available for DV-2010 Entrants

Green Card Lottery registrants can check entry at E-DV site

Albuquerque, NM–July 3, 2009 - Creative Networks at myGreencard.com today announced that the U.S. State Department has a system in place for green card lottery entrants to check the status of their 2008 entry at: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC. This new process, available since July 1, finally gives diversity visa registrants a way to bypass slow or corrupt postal mail delivery service in some countries.

Entrants need three pieces of information to check the status of their visa lottery registration: 1) their Confirmation Number, 2) their Family Name (Last Name), and 3) their Birth Year. The confirmation number was provided to those who entered last fall. It is a 16-digit number similar to this: 20101O0DZWY3DOV9.

According to author J. Stephen Wilson, founder of myGreencard.com, “Those who won the 2008 lottery will get a message at the E-DV site stating they should receive a letter by postal mail from the United States Department of State Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) notifying them they were selected in the DV-2010 lottery. Those who won but have not received their letter by August 1, 2009 should contact KCC by email at: kccdv@state.gov. Alternatively, entrants that did not win will receive a message that their entry was not selected.”

DV-2010 lottery winners and entrants in the forthcoming calendar year 2009 (DV-2011) should get the latest edition of the annual booklet, Win the Green Card Lottery! Edited by Michael C. Cruse, Esq, the booklet outlines the entire procedure from entering the green card lottery to obtaining a permanent resident visa, including crucial tips to help lottery winners pass their visa interview. Written for DV lottery entrants, NAFSA members, and others that work with immigrants and potential immigrants to the USA, this sixth edition provides the most comprehensive and easy-to-read summary of the diversity visa lottery available. The complete Table of Contents is available online on their website. The first three chapters are available for download at no charge.

Co-author Marybeth Rael wrote Win the Green Card Lottery! based on her experience with the American Green Card Lottery Network, a lottery service she established to help prospective immigrants prepare diversity visa applications. She also wrote the first book dedicated to the visa lottery published by Self-Counsel Press in 2002. Author J. Stephen Wilson is the electronic publisher and founder of myGreencard.com and the United States Association of Immigrants at myUSAi.org, and is an immigration writer with the Albuquerque Immigration Examiner. Editor Michael C. Cruse is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

About myGreencard.com

Creative Networks is the publisher of Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide to the USA Diversity Visa Lottery DV-2009--DV-2011 by Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson. ISBN 9780981693835 (PDF/$12.50); ISBN 9780981693828 (Paperback/$19.50). It includes a full index, illustrations, and glossary of immigration terms, 184 pages. Wholesale distribution is available through Ingram Book Company.

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New Booklet from MyGreencard.com Helps Diversity Visa Entrants

Winning doesn’t mean you’ll get a green card

Albuquerque, NM–June 30, 2008 - Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson today announce the 2008 edition of their annual booklet, Win the Green Card Lottery! Now available in PDF format at no charge at www.myGreencard.com and to registered members at www.myUSAi.org, this booklet provides critical tips to help prospective immigrants residing temporarily in the United States adjust status and those living outside the U.S. apply for an immigrant visa.

Edited by Mark Jacobsen, U.S. Immigration Attorney, and James T. Daly, Attorney at Law, Win the Green Card Lottery! outlines the entire procedure from entering the upcoming green card lottery to obtaining a permanent resident visa. They also offer crucial tips to help recent lottery winners pass their visa interview.

According to co-author J. Stephen Wilson, “One of the most important factors that determine success is to apply for your visa immediately after you receive a winning notification letter from the State Department since only the first 50,000 of the 100,000 persons that receive winning notices can receive visas.”

“If you are eligible to adjust your status in the U.S. and your required documents are overseas ask a family member or close friend to fax your required documents to you immediately. Then have them mail you the originals or certified copies,” notes author Marybeth Rael.

For those entering the DV-2010 lottery in calendar year 2008, this easy to read booklet provides a background of the lottery, presumptive registration dates, a thorough explanation of “alternate state chargeability”, when to enter multiple applications, a section devoted to submitting photographs that meet State Department requirements, links to related web sites, and much more.

Author Marybeth Rael wrote Win the Green Card Lottery! based on her experience with the American Green Card Lottery Network, a lottery service she established to help prospective immigrants prepare diversity visa applications. She also wrote the first book dedicated to the visa lottery published by Self-Counsel Press in 2002.

Co-author J. Stephen Wilson is the electronic publisher and owner of myGreencard.com. Editors Mark Jacobsen and James T. Daly are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Creative Networks is the publisher of Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide to the USA Diversity Visa Lottery DV-2008— DV-2010 by Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson. ISBN 978-0-9816938-0-4 (Print on Demand) $19.50. Includes full index, illustrations, and glossary of immigration terms, 172 pp. To download the e-booklet or obtain the latest immigration news and immigration reports, please visit myGreencard.com. Printed copies are now available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Wholesale distribution is available through Ingram Book Company.

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Visa Lottery Services Report for DV-2007

MyGreencard.com ranks green card Web sites by fee, service, and content for 2005 diversity visa lottery.

Santa Barbara, CA August 22, 2005 - MyGreencard.com reviewed over 70 web-based immigration services currently offering to help prospective immigrants enter the upcoming U.S. State Department green card lottery. Among the major findings in their annual survey are that relatively few services use deceptive advertising, countering claims by some anti-immigration groups that the industry is rife with fraud.

Their report found that only seven services (13%) earned “red flag” penalties – indicating either understaffing, negligence, or potential fraudulent activity. Most Web sites were penalized for posting obsolete rules from past visa lotteries or for receiving multiple unresolved complaints from customers who used their service.

The average fee charged by green card lottery service providers is $45.50 for one person and $70.12 for two persons. There was no correlation found between the fee charged and the quality of the service provided, based on their criteria.

Several green card lottery Web sites appearing at the top of popular search engines ranked among the lowest in their review.

Top rated services offer toll free telephone numbers, accept paper-based applications with standard photographs, have immigration attorney contacts, offer multiple natural language translations, and notify winners directly. According to J. Stephen Wilson, author of the report, "10 lottery services out of 73 we reviewed qualify as top sites based on price, quality of service, and information content provided to lottery registrants. Lower ranked services fail to post occupational requirements to obtain a visa, have no listed telephone number, no attorney contacts, and depend on the government to notify winners."

The report suggests best practice recommendations for site operators and provides helpful guidelines for lottery entrants, including legitimate reasons why applicants may need a service to help them prepare their entries.

About MyGreencard.com

MyGreencard.com is the publisher of Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide to the USA Diversity Visa Lottery, 2005 Edition by Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson. Edited by James T. Daly, Attorney At Law (ISBN 0970508972, ISBN 0970508980). To order the Visa Lottery Services Report for DV-2007, the executive summary, or obtain the latest immigration news, books and reports, please visit: http://www.mygreencard.com.

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Is 2005 the Final Year to Register for a Diversity Visa?

MyGreencard.com publishes green card lottery booklet for DV-2007

Santa Barbara, August 10, 2005 - If the immigration reform bill introduced by John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) is passed by the Senate, the diversity visa lottery may no longer exist. This popular U.S. State Department program, long the ire of anti-immigrant groups, is now a convenient target of those fearing terrorists will win the lottery and gain permanent residence. Regardless whether most Americans support the immigration lottery, winning and obtaining a visa is too important to be left to chance, and this year’s lottery could be the final opportunity for millions of prospective immigrants to register. Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson today announce the publication of Win the Green Card Lottery! for DV-2007.

Now in its fourth major edition, this booklet provides helpful tips and guidelines for visa lottery entrants, plus other ways to get a green card.

Edited by James T. Daly, Attorney At Law, Win the Green Card Lottery! outlines the entire procedure from entering the lottery to obtaining a permanent resident visa. They also offer the only independent review of lottery services for those who need third party assistance. “The average fee charged by green card lottery service providers is $45.50 for one person and $70.12 for two persons. There is no correlation between the fee charged and the quality of the service provided, based on their review criteria.”

“Most entrants should apply for the lottery themselves at the State Department web site. However, the main reasons to use a lottery service are: convenience, poor English skills, lack of computer access, unreliable postal service, and unknown future residence,” according to author Marybeth Rael.

Some lottery services even spend extra time cleaning up poor photographs that would normally be rejected by the government. Others accept applications received as late as one or two weeks before the closing date of the lottery, but may charge an additional fee for processing last minute applications. However, several green card lottery web sites appearing at the top of popular search engines rank among the lowest in their review, yet have well-designed, attractive web sites.

About MyGreencard.com

Creative Networks is the publisher of Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Do-It-Yourself Guide to the USA Diversity Visa Lottery DV 2005—DV-2007 by Marybeth Rael and J. Stephen Wilson. Edited by James T. Daly, Attorney At Law. ISBN 097050897-2 (e-book) $9.50; ISBN 097050898-0 (POD) $19.50. Includes full index, illustrations, and glossary of immigration terms, 188 pp. Editors: free review copies are available. To order the booklet or obtain the latest immigration news and immigration reports, please visit: http://www.mygreencard.com.

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