Millions of people from over the world enter the United States diversity visa program (better known as the green card lottery) each year and hoping to be selected for one of the 50,000 immigrant visas. The lottery is free to enter for everyone, but there are many businesses who offer services to assist people with their applications. While many of businesses are legitimate, some exist only to scam innocent people out of their money. The U.S. State Department warns all applicants to be on the lookout for these frauds and scam artists.
Following are 5 tips to help you avoid being scammed:
There is no fee to download, complete and submit the electronic diversity visa entry form.
No one can claim to have a special procedure or form to increase your chances of winning.
Watch for websites posing as U.S. government websites.
Green card lottery winners will receive a letter in the mail
If you have been selected to apply for a diversity visa, a fee will be required for the immigrant visa application, payable to the Department of State.
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