The U.S. Department of State is gearing up to send out notifications to 3,760 fortunate individuals in Kenya, heralding their triumph in the Diversity Visa 2024 (Green Card) lottery and the prospect of relocating to the United States.
As per the U.S. State Department, a staggering 22,185,619 individuals submitted their entries during the DV-2024 registration period, spanning from October 5, 2022, to November 8, 2022.
Out of this vast pool, a grand total of 143,000 applicants from various countries worldwide have been enrolled and informed of the opportunity to apply for an immigrant visa through different U.S. embassies. However, it’s important to note that only 55,000 visas are available for this period, despite the larger number of individuals who have received notifications.
Numerous factors contribute to individuals securing a lottery win but ultimately failing to secure a permanent resident visa. Such reasons include ineligibility based on educational criteria, errors in the application forms, and suspicions of fraud or deception. Furthermore, even some applicants who meet all the necessary requirements might miss out on permanent residency simply because the 55,000 visa quota has been reached.
For Kenyan lottery winners, the journey entails completing an application for permanent residency, undergoing a mandatory interview at the U.S. consulate, and achieving permanent residency status by September 30, 2024.
It’s noteworthy that Kenya has one of the highest numbers of winners globally in this lottery program.
To be eligible for an immigrant visa, an applicant must either possess a high school education or its equivalent or provide evidence of two years of employment in an occupation requiring two years of training or experience within the last five years.
The coveted Green Card, also known as a permanent resident card, serves as an official document verifying a foreign national’s residency status in the United States. It acts as tangible proof that the holder is a lawful permanent resident and has been officially granted immigration benefits, affording them the privilege to reside and work in the U.S.
This document carries significant importance, signifying an individual’s legal permanent residency in the U.S., granting them all the protections and rights conferred by U.S. law. Despite not holding U.S. citizenship, a Green Card holder possesses the right to live and work in the U.S. and is subject to U.S. tax obligations.