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Diversity Visa Program (DV-2025) Entry Period Opens October 4th

The annual diversity visa lottery registration period opens once again on October 4th until November 7th for those who are eligible to apply for a green card to reside permanently in the United States. Only entries submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Applications will only be accepted online via the U.S. Department of State official website at

In recent years there has been an increase in online scams promising green cards or quicker service for a fee.  EIIC’s Immigration Attorney and Director of Immigration Legal Services, John A. Stahl, Esq., urges those interested in applying to note that “[t]here is still no fee to apply and there is only one official website to register.” He advises individuals to ignore any email offers to help complete or expedite the application process.

Please call either of our offices if you need assistance with your application. Alternatively, if you have questions, please note that we will be hosting a livestream presentation on Facebook Live on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 4pm at

We will also be collaborating on other presentations over the next few weeks. More details to follow.

The immigration legal services staff at the Center is once again appealing to potential applicants to apply early this year, cautioning that the official DV Lottery website can get frozen closer to the deadline of noon on Tuesday, November 7th.

If you are a member of a local group or organization and would like our staff to speak to your group on the DV Lottery in October or on any immigration topic at a future meeting, please contact John A. Stahl, Esq., Director of Immigration Legal Services and Immigration Attorney at 718-478-5502, extension 201.

Check our website and social media for additional information and upcoming public meeting dates.



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EIIC Immigration legal services staff has helped many, who are currently in the United States and are still in status, to apply on the visa waiver program or on a temporary work visa. “The green card lottery is a yearly opportunity for qualified applicants who are legally in the United States or overseas to attain permanent resident status here with no strings attached,” according to EIIC’s Immigration Legal Services Director, John A. Stahl.

This year 55,000 green cards will be available through a lottery system to individuals coming from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The State Department’s Kentucky Consular Center holds the annual lottery and chooses winners randomly from about 22 million qualified entries. Over 100,000 entries are selected and given the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. If permanent residence is granted, then the individual, their spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 will be authorized to live and work permanently in the United States. “The DV Lottery is one of the few ways that exist to apply for a green card. Despite the low allocation of green cards to Ireland, it is worth the effort, if you really do want a long-term option to stay legally in America,” stated Siobhan Dennehy, EIIC’s Executive Director. “I equate the odds to playing the New York State Lottery as there are around 8 million applications from all over the world annually. Although you apply for the green card in 2023, you will not be notified about your application until 2024 and you won’t actually receive the green card itself until 2025, that’s why they call it the DV-2025 lottery, which can be confusing.”

Only natives of certain countries are eligible to apply for the green card lottery. Those born in the following countries are NOT eligible to apply for the DV-2025 lottery because a total of more than 50,000 immigrants came from these countries to the U.S. in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Venezuela and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible. An applicant may, however, claim the country of birth of their spouse, if eligible, or of either parent if they were born in a country of which neither of their parents was a native or a resident at the time of their birth.

For the first time ever, individuals born in the United Kingdom are eligible to enter the lottery this year.

All applicants also must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, defined in the United States as the successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education or they must have two years of work experience within the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. Entries for the DV-2025 diversity visa lottery must be submitted electronically from noon EDT on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 through noon EST on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Applicants may access the electronic diversity visa entry form at only during the registration period beginning October 4th. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entries by an applicant will be disqualified if more than one entry for the applicant is received, regardless of who submitted the entry. Applicants may prepare and submit their own entries, or have someone submit the entry for them. The Department of State will issue DV lottery entrants an electronic confirmation number and notice upon receipt of a correctly completed Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.

Applicants must also attach separate digital photographs of themselves, their spouses and unmarried children less than 21 years of age (except spouses or children who are already permanent residents or U.S. citizens). The photographs must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format and meet specific resolutions (minimum 600 pixels high by 600 pixels wide), color depths (24-bit color) and kilobytes (maximum 240 KB) requirements. If a photograph print is scanned, the print must be two inches square and be scanned at a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) and with specific color depths. The photograph must be taken within the last six months and no glasses may be worn in the photo. If the digital image does not conform to the specifications, the application will be automatically disqualified.

Applicants will be selected at random by computer from among all qualified entries. All applicants will be required to go back to the website to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV-2025 lottery or to find out they have not been selected. Selectees will only be notified of their selection through the “entry status check” available starting May 4, 2024 at the website The online entry status check will be the ONLY means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2025. The Kentucky Consular Center will not be mailing out notification letters. Those selected in the random drawing are not notified of their selection by e-mail. Those individuals not selected will be notified of their non-selection through the web-based “entry status check.”

No fee is charged to enter the annual DV program. The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare submissions for applicants do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government. Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV entry is entirely at the applicant’s discretion. A qualified entry submitted electronically directly by an applicant has an equal chance of being selected by the computer at the Kentucky Consular Center as does an entry submitted electronically through a paid intermediary who completes the entry for the applicant.

The current immigration laws carry heavy penalties for visa overstays. Those who have overstayed their visa by 6 months, face a 3 year bar upon their departure from the United States, if they have overstayed for one year or more, they are subject to a 10 year bar. Successful lottery applicants who are undocumented in the US must be processed for a visa at a US Consulate abroad under existing immigration laws. Departing the US will trigger the 3 or 10 year bars making them ineligible for a visa. Undocumented lottery winners with a relative petition or an employer labor certification pending before April 30, 2001, may be eligible to be interviewed in the United States under Section 245(i), provided they have not already triggered the 3/10 year bars by leaving the US.

Inquiries may be made to the EIIC at their Woodside, Queens’s office at (718) 478-5502 or at their Woodlawn, Bronx office at (718) 324-3039, on the EIIC website at, Facebook page at, on Twitter @EIIC1 and Instagram at @eiicny.

The EIIC is a member of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers, for further information about Irish centers in the US providing free assistance with DV lottery applications please refer to their website at www.ciic.usa-org


Getting Ready for Back-to-School Means Making Sure your Children are Covered

New York State has resumed eligibility reviews and renewals for individuals enrolled in Medicaid, Child Health Plus or the Essential Plan. This means you may need to take action to renew your health insurance or the health insurance of your children. Make sure your address is up to date. Make sure NY State of Health or your local Medicaid office has your current mailing address, phone number and email address so they can contact you about your health insurance.

If you have health insurance through NY State of Health:

  • Contact us at: 718-478-5502, ext. 103 or at 914-348-1175
  • Email us at:
  • Call NY State of Health at 1-855-355-5777, or log into your account at

If you have Medicaid through your county’s Medicaid office or through New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), contact your local office to update your address and contact information.

For more information, visit:

Important Changes are Coming to New York Medicaid, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan

The time may be coming to renew your health insurance! If you are currently enrolled in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or the Essential Plan, make sure your contact information is up to date so NY State of Health can reach you when it’s time to renew and ensure you avoid a gap in coverage.

Here are some things you can do now to get ready:

1) Sign up for text alerts

Sign up to receive SMS/MMS Text alerts from NY State of Health so you don’t miss important health insurance updates, including when it’s time to renew your coverage.

To subscribe, text START to 1-866-988-0327.

2) Make sure your address is up to date

Make sure NY State of Health has your current mailing address, phone number and email address so they can contact you about your health insurance.  To update your information:

  • Call NY State of Health at 1-855-355-5777 (TTY: 1-800-662-1220)
  • Log into your account at, or
  • Contact us at: 718-478-5502, ext. 103 or at 914-348-1175

3) Take Action

When it is time to renew your health insurance, you will receive a letter from NY State of Health or a renewal packet if you enrolled through your county’s Local Department of Social Services or the New York City Human Resource’s Administration.  This letter/packet will let you know what you need to do to renew your coverage and how much time you have to respond.  Follow the instructions right away.

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EIIC Annual Citizenship Day Event

Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC) warmly invites you for our Annual Citizenship Day Event on Friday, September 8, 2023 as we recognize those who have become U.S. citizens, and those who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens.

We will be hosting an Acoustic Music Session by EIIC Creatives & Painting session by Alejandro Pinzon and would love to see you there!

When: Friday, September 8, 2023 5-8pm

Location: Frank Ottomanelli’s By The Water, 52-10 Center Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

RSVP by Wednesday, September 6th here:

Mary Nolan

Sharing condolence to the Nolan family on the passing of Mary Nolan originally from Limerick was a great community activist and founding member of the IIRM, Bay Ridge. Her obituary and additional details on her life and activism are in her obituary.

Migrant Nation Reel Stories

Please save the date to join us for a screening and conversation on Friday, August 25th | 5-7PM:

Migrant Nation Reel Stories—short films portraying the resilience of NYC’s immigrants, followed by a community conversation. RSVP now for this free event at MoMI: