The annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery begins tomorrow, October 4, 2011. The lottery allows individuals from countries that are under-represented in the U.S. to apply for lawful permanent residence in the U.S.
Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) are found here on our website.
This year for the first time, LGBT families have won the unfortunate distinction of being mentioned (negatively) in the DV lottery instructions:
11. CAN MY SAME-SEX SPOUSES BE INCLUDED IN A DV ENTRY?
No, same-sex marriages are not recognized by immigration law for the purpose of immigrating to the United States. However, your same-sex partner is free to submit his/her own entry into the DV program.
It’s good to know that the U.S. government is thinking about our families these days when writing its FAQs, but obviously our work is not done until the answer to this question is a resounding “yes.”
Meanwhile, if you or your partner comes from a country that is permitted to file an application under the D.V. lottery, you should do so. Apply online at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/
The odds of winning are small, but it’s free, and every year 50,000 foreign nationals get a green card through this channel.