What a roller coaster of emotions the Green Card process was. Here’s how it all played out for me… Green Card Lottery Winning Process
- May 8, 2015: Found out I was one of 80,000 selected at random for further processing out of the 14,397,781 applicants who registered for the DV-2015 program during the 30-day application period back in 2013.
- Submitted form DS-260 to confirm my decision to proceed with my DV selection under an Adjustment Of Status (AOS). An AOS is for those already living/working in the USA on a work visa (in my case, this was the E3 visa).
- Received an email from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) to confirm my intention of wanting to move forward with an AOS.
- Paid my administrative fee to the Department of State (DoS).
- Received a receipt in the mail from the DoS confirming that my payment had been made and accepted.
- Waited for the DV 2015 visa bulletin to come out online and show the first batch of processing numbers for each continent. Luckily I was #182 of ~2,000 from the Oceania region which placed me within the first DV group to be processed.
- August 17, 2015: Had a civil surgeon conduct my DV medical exam/shots.
- Started putting together my AOS package. This consisted of:
- Form I-485
- Form G-325A
- Form I-693 (my medical exam results)
- Form G-1145
- Form I-131 (Advanced Parole – in case I needed to leave the U.S. during the Green Card process for work travel)
- DV Lottery Winning Letter
- Email/Confirmation notice from KCC
- Copy of DV administrative fee payment receipt
- Money order totaling $1,070 USD – made up of two parts, the filing fee for the I-485 ($985) and a Biometrics fee ($85)
- 2 recent passport photos (taken according to American passport photo standards)
- Copy of expired International passport photo page (I needed this as I had recently acquired a new Australian passport, however my valid E3 visa was still located in my expired passport)
- Copy of current I-94 card (this can be obtained online and shows all your entries into and out of the U.S.A.)
- Copy of my visa (in my case, my E3 visa)
- Copy of my high school certificates
- Copy of my university degree
- Copy of my social security number (SSN)
- Copy of my most current letter of employment (in my case, this was showing a recent promotion and new title I received earlier that year).
- Copy of pay stubs (these should be from the last 3 months)
- Copies of W-2s (1-3 years worth)
- Bank statements
- Copies of tax return transcripts (Past 1-3 years)
- September 28, 2015: Posted my AOS package off to the Chicago Lockbox.
- October 6, 2015: Received text that my AOS package had been accepted and had my I-485 and Biometrics check cashed.
- October 10, 2015: Received my Notice of Action (NOA) letter.
- October 17, 2015: Received my Biometrics scheduling letter/date in the mail.
- October 26, 2015: Had my Biometrics appointment.
- November 19, 2015: Received my interview letter/date in the mail.
- December 15, 2015: Attending my Green Card interview.
- December 16, 2015: Received online notification that my interview was successful.
- December 21, 2015: Received my welcome letter in the mail.
- December 23, 2015: Received my Green Card in the mail – officially a permanent U.S. resident!!!
I did not bring on the services of a lawyer for this process. The paper work is fairly straight forward and since I am single with no spouse or children, this made it even easier so I handled it all myself.
I highly recommend checking out the Immigration.com message boards. There are certain threads within that forum that helped me from beginning through to end with my AOS – the people on there made it possible for me to complete this process on my own, especially one of the board moderators known as Sm1smom – she’s an absolute rockstar. You can find the DV Lottery 2016 AOS thread that I used to get myself through this here.
I was so overcome with emotion when I found out my interview had been successful. I was actually sitting at my desk at work when I found out and I burst into tears. I have never wanted something so badly after years and years of trying. I am so happy and proud to call myself a U.S. permanent resident. Next up – dual citizenship, baby!
Green Card Lottery Winning Process