FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE SIERRA LEONEANS
WON THE 2006 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY. Here is a chance for legal USA Green
Card for you or your family and friends.
The DV lottery is an official program of the USA
Congress, established in the 1996 Immigration Act in order to give immigration
opportunity to natives from countries other than the main source of immigration
to the U.S.A. This official U.S. government program aims to diversify the
American population by creating an immigration opportunity to under-represented
ethnic groups. Fifty-five thousand visas are allocated each year to lottery
The annual Diversity Visa Lottery submission date
for 2008 commenced at 12:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on October 4, 2006 and ending
at 12:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on December 3, 2006. You may submit your application
your self by going directly to the State Department website below.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME OR INTERNET ACCESS;
AND DO NOT WANT TO TAKE CHANCES WITH THE STRINGENT TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS,
LET SIERRA CONNECTION SERVICES DO IT FOR YOU WITH GUARANTEED ACCURACY AND
INCREASED CHANCES OF SUCCESS.
HERE FOR A PRINTABLE APPLICATION
HOW DO I ENTER?
To participate in the Lottery, you must:
1. Complete an application with information about yourself and/or your
2. Submit photographs (electronic or hard copy) for every family member
included on your application.
3. Pay an application processing fee, which can be paid online or sent
If you want to prepare an application by hand, you can use the application
form provided. The form can be mailed to Sierra Connection Services with
your photographs and payment. Upon receipt of your application materials,
we will review and process your Lottery entry and contact you to inform
you of your application's status.
WHEN DO I REGISTER?
Register immediately! Properly formatted entry forms must be
received by the US Government during a 2 month application submission period.
Because the window period during which entries will be accepted is very
short, we strongly urge you to submit your application today so that your
entry will be ready for immediate submission during the appropriate application
WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPH
MUST I SUBMIT?
All applications must include recent photographs of the applicant,
spouse, and each child (including all natural children, legally adopted
children, and stepchildren, even if the children no longer reside with
the applicant). ALL photographs must conform to the following specifications:
You have the option to submit hard copy photographs or electronic photographs.
The person being photographed must be directly facing the camera. The head
should not be tilted up, down, or to the side. The head must
cover about 50% of the area of the photograph.
The photo should be taken with the person being photographed in front of
a neutral, light-colored background. Photos taken with very dark or patterned,
busy backgrounds will not be accepted.
The person's face must be in focus.
The person in the photograph must not wear sunglasses or other objects
that obscure the face.
A photograph with the person wearing a head covering or a hat is only acceptable
if the covering or hat is worn specifically due to that person's religious
beliefs, and even then, the hat or covering cannot obscure any portion
of the face. A photograph of a person wearing tribal, military, airline,
or other headgear not specifically religious in nature will not be accepted.
Do not send group or family photos. A separate photo is required for every
To submit photos electronically:
All electronic photos must conform to the following specifications:
To submit hard copy photos:
The image must be in the 'Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) File
Interchange Format (JFIF)' format.
The image must be either in color or gray scale. Monochrome images (2-bit
color depth) will not be accepted.
Digital images from either a digital camera source or a scanned photograph
via scanner will be accepted.
If a new digital photograph is taken, it must have a resolution of 300
pixels wide by 300 pixels high OR 240 pixels wide by 320 pixels high, and
a color depth of either 24-bit color, 8-bit color, or 8-bit gray scale.
If a photographic print is scanned, the print must be 2 inches by 2 inches
(5 cm x 5 cm) square. It must be scanned at a resolution of 150 dots per
inch (dpi) and with a color depth of either 24 bit color, 8-bit color,
or 8-bit gray scale.
The maximum image size accepted will be 62,500 bytes (62.5 Kb).
After you complete an online application or after you mail a hard copy
version of the application, you can mail one photograph for each family
member included on your application. In addition to the requirements described
above, please follow these guidelines:
WHAT IS THE PROCESSING
Photographs must measure approximately 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm).
Photos can be either in color or black and white.
Write the full name and date of birth of the person photographed behind
Use clear cellophane tape to attach the photos to the front or rear of
the application. Do not use staples or glue!
Mail your application and photos to Sierra Connection Services. We will
scan and upload your photographs to complete your application.
The processing fee pays for the review and preparation of your registration.
The US Government does not charge an application fee. To review the
accuracy of your application and correct any errors, Sierra Connection
Services charges a nominal fee to cover administrative and processing costs
incurred in conjunction with the careful processing of every application.
SINGLE: $40 USD
MARRIED: $60 USD
HOW CAN I PAY
THE PROCESSING FEE?
The following forms of payment are accepted:
Personal checks (US only)
US dollars (cash)
IS THE PROCESSING
If you submit an application and we determine that you are not eligible
to participate in the Green Card Lottery, we will refund your processing
Because this is a Lottery program, Sierra Connection Services cannot
guarantee that you will be selected a winner. If you are not selected,
your processing fee is not refundable. However, we use our experience and
knowledge to give you the best possible opportunity to win. We carefully
satisfy the numerous technical requirements associated with the format
and content of every application. The slightest mistake will disqualify
your entry. Using our services ensures that your application is prepared
INFORMATION DO I SEND?
The only information that is necessary to participate in the Green Card
Lottery is the information that is requested on the Lottery application
form and your photographs.
Do not send copies of your birth certificate, passport, resume, curriculum
vitae, education or training certificates, etc.
If your entry is selected in the Lottery drawing, you will be contacted
by the US Government and will be required to complete additional paperwork.
At that time, you will be asked to provide evidence of your country of
birth, education, training, etc.
SHOULD I INCLUDE?
On your Green Card Lottery application you must include all unmarried
children who are under the age of 21. List all natural children, spouse's
children from a previous marriage, and adopted children.
Do not include married children or children over the age of 21.
HOW MANY ENTRIES
CAN I SUBMIT?
An individual is allowed only one entry per year. You will be disqualified
if you submit more than one entry. However, a husband and wife may each
submit separate applications and pay only one processing fee (this includes
husband, wife and children, if any). This doubles your odds of winning
the Lottery. Please note: If you are married, only one application needs
to be submitted to Sierra Connection Services. We prepare two Lottery entries
with the information provided on this one application.
HOW DO I KNOW
THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?
Sierra Connection Services will retain a printed receipt from the Kentucky
Consular Center indicating the successful transmission of your application.
This can be mailed to you on request through a self-addressed envelope.
AFFECT MY VISA STATUS?
You can enter the Green Card Lottery even if you have petitions pending,
such as a relative's or employer's petition for work permits, visas, etc.
Entering the Lottery does not adversely affect current or past petitions
and does not jeopardize your current US visa status. The information you
provide on the Lottery application remains confidential and will not be
shared with other government offices or agencies. Your participation in
the Lottery will not negatively affect any future visa petitions. Participating
in the Lottery involves zero risk.
HOW WILL I KNOW
IF I WIN?
Applicants whose applications are randomly selected from among all
qualified entries will be notified directly in writing within 6 months
of the close of the Lottery program. Together with this notification, further
instructions will be provided on how to proceed, including information
on fees connected with the immigration process.
CAN WINNERS ADJUST
THEIR VISA STATUS?
Yes, provided they are otherwise eligible to adjust status under the
terms of Section 245 of the INA, selected applicants who are physically
present in the United States may apply to the US Citizen and Immigration
Service (UCIS) for adjustment of status to permanent resident.
MUST I BE MARRIED
OR HAVE CHILDREN TO APPLY?
You do not need to be married or have children to submit an application
to the Green Card Lottery.
How do I submit a married application?
To submit a married application, you and your spouse must each satisfy
the Lottery eligibility requirements. You need to complete only
one application (hard copy) and submit one photo (electronic or hard copy)
for each family member included on the application.
Remember to send the correct processing fee.
IS THERE A MINIMUM
There is no minimum age to apply. However, you must satisfy the
general and education/training requirements.
CAN I PARTICIPATE
IF I AM IN THE US?
Yes. An applicant may be in the United States or in another country,
and the entry may be mailed from the US or from abroad.
CAN I EMAIL MY
Yes! You can email your application to us. Photos can be e-mailed or
sent by regular mail.
HERE FOR A PRINTABLE APPLICATION