Green Card Lottery DV-2025
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Do you want to work in the United States? Then you need the right work permit. Learn about the pros and cons of Green Cards and work visas and make the right choice for your new life in the USA.
Take the chance of living in the USA and apply for the official US Green Card Lottery!
You may only work in the USA with work authorization from the US government. It is available in three types:
Each of these documents gives you access to the US labor market and is subject to different requirements, rights, and obligations.
The two most common work permits for the USA are the Green Card, and the US work visa. There are major differences between the two, which affect the length of stay in the US and the choice of your employer and occupation.
The Green Card is a US immigrant visa that gives you an unrestricted right to live and work in the United States.
As a holder of a Permanent Resident Card (as the Green Card is officially called), you do not have to worry about the validity periods of your stay permit or a change of employer anymore because Green Card rights are valid for life.
If you have a Green Card, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy life in the USA to the fullest.
Work visas for the US are available in different categories and are subject to strict conditions and validity periods, which vary depending on the type of visa.
For example, anyone working with an E visa for trade or investment, an L visa for transferring employees, or an H-1B visa for academics with job offers in the States is firmly tied to their US employer and the job in question.
The US government issues the EAD (Employment Authorization Document) as a separate work permit. You can apply for an EAD if you are currently in the US with a valid residency permit but do not have a work visa or Green Card.
EADs are usually approved for asylum seekers, students, or dependents of individuals who have work authorization for the US (usually in the form of a visa). An EAD is only valid for a limited time and must be renewed regularly.
An overview of the main differences between the Green Card and the US work visa:
|Work permit for the USA||Green Card||Work visa|
|Validity||Lifetime||Between a few months and 6 years|
|Employer choice||Free||Only employers who sponsor the appropriate visa|
|Is a change of employer possible?||Yes||Only with a new application and sponsorship by the new employer|
|Job change with the same employer possible?||Yes||With a new Labor Certification (application by the employer)|
|Job search||No obstacles||Severe restrictions, as the appropriate visa is required|
|Bureaucratic effort||Renewal of the Green Card document every 10 years||Monitoring visa deadlines and conditions, submitting regular renewal applications, or changing visa categories|
|More advantages||Naturalization in the USA is possible after 3 or 5 years and family members can also receive a Green Card||Family members can travel with you to the US and apply for an EAD|
The danger that comes with a temporary visa tied to an employer suddenly became real for many immigrants in the US in 2022 since, due to major layoffs at tech corporations like Meta and Amazon, 150,000 tech employees lost their jobs.
Most of these terminated employees had less than 60 days to find a new job, or they would face losing their residency permits. As with the COVID-19 Travel Ban, those who entered the country on a Green Card were lucky.
Permanent residents, unlike work visa holders, enjoy the unrestricted right of residence in the US even after termination. But if the Green Card is so much better than a work visa, why don't all US immigrants have such a Permanent Resident Card? The reason is the high entry requirements for the immigrant visa.
Of course, there are other paths to the Green Card. Still, all but one are suitable only for a small number of immigrants who, for example, have large amounts of money (Green Card by investment) or exceptional skills.
One bright spot for USA fans who are neither highly gifted nor rich is the US government's annual Green Card Lottery. The USA gives away 55,000 US immigrant visas each year to participants worldwide. The eligibility requirements for the Green Card Lottery are surprisingly low, and it only takes a few minutes to fill out the application.
While you are waiting for your Green Card Lottery win, you can continue applying for a US work visa because, unfortunately, no one can predict when your well-deserved lottery win will come.
While finding a job is much more difficult without a Green Card, US employers continue to seek talented foreign professionals in many fields, such as transportation and logistics or health care.
So the chances of getting a job in the US are not bad even without a Green Card, as long as you meet the requirements for a US work visa:
If you are traveling to the US as a family member of an expatriate and do not have your own work visa, you may only work with an EAD. The lengthy application process is a major hurdle for many spouses or fiancés of foreign nationals working in the US.Therefore, in 2022, the US government created an exception for spouses of E visa or L visa holders: they only need legal residency status based on the new I-94 immigration form and a specific code (COA code) to legally work in the US during the validity period of their visa.
Note, however, that as an EAD or work visa holder, you may lose your status at any time and have to leave the United States within a short period. Only the Green Card offers you the security of a permanent work and residence permit for the USA.
You can register for the Green Card Lottery online anytime. Unlike the official DV Program website of the US government, registration through The American Dream is possible all year round and is not limited to a few weeks in the fall.
We submit our clients' applications to the US authorities between October and November each year and take the time beforehand to review each Green Card application in detail.
When you enter the Green Card Lottery through The American Dream, you will be in contact with our team of government-licensed immigration consultants. Our advisors will clarify outstanding issues with you and correct errors and gaps in your application, ensuring that you are not disqualified due to mistakes in your Green Card application.
Submit your Green Card application today - chances are high!