OMG I Won the Green Card Lottery!

I never thought this day would come, but after ten consecutive years of applying for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (commonly referred to as the DV Lottery or Green Card Lottery), I have finally been selected for further processing!

For those of you that have never heard of the DV Lottery before, each year the U.S. Department of State makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available, drawn from a random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the Unites States.

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Applications open online in October and remain open for one month. Results are drawn the following year in the month of May. This year, 14 million hopefuls from around the world applied, and I was one of 84,000 who was selected – INSANE, I know!

Of those 85,000, only 50,000 will be successful in obtaining a Green Card, so while I am not 100% guaranteed one, luck is in my favor. Every DV Lottery winner is provided with a number – my number is so low for the Oceania region (island-nations of the Pacific Ocean, including Australia) that is will be included in the first round of applications called for processing in September!!!

As I already reside in the USA, instead of traveling back to Australia to complete this entire process, I will simply be doing an Adjustment of Status. This means I will be able to remain in the U.S. throughout the entire process and have my status changed from E3 visa holder, to U.S. permanent resident. The process is drawn out over the period of roughly five months and means I won’t be able to exit the U.S. during this time for overseas travel, but if all goes according to plan, I should be an official Green Card holder and U.S. permanent resident by January of 2016! HOW EXCITING!

I was definitely overcome with emotion when I found out, but this is just the next step to the life I want and love.

I will be documenting the entire process from beginning to end here on my blog, and I hope it will be able to serve as a helpful resource for anyone else going through this same process, the same way my E3 visa posts have helped so many Aussies moving here to the USA!

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If you are an Australian citizen looking to obtain an E3 visa to work in the USA, please check out these four posts for more information:

1. Seeking E3 Visa Employment
2. 20 Seconds of Courage
3. The E3 Visa Process
4. E3 Visa Renewal Process

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Green Card Lottery Winner
Green Card Lottery Winner 

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