US Asks Kenyans to Apply for Green Cards; Check Qualifications

US Asks Kenyans to Apply for Green Cards; Check Qualifications

US Asks Kenyans to Apply for Green Cards; Check Qualifications

The US Embassy in Nairobi has called for applications for the Diversity Visa Program commonly known as the Green Card.

Interested Kenyans should submit their applications through the US State Department website between October 5 and November 8, 2022.

“The entry form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Entries will not be accepted through the US Postal Service,” cautioned the embassy.

Notably, any errors in the application like incomplete entry forms may lead to disqualification.

“You should consider not pursuing a DV application if you do not meet the qualifying education or work experience requirements explained below as you may not be eligible for a diversity visa and any fees you pay for the visa application will not be refunded,” the embassy stated.

Qualifications

Education

All applicants need to have completed a formal course of elementary and secondary school education comparable to a 12-year course in the United States.

Also, only formal courses of study meet this requirement, and equivalency certificates such as the General Educational Development (G.E.D) are not acceptable.

Although there is no age limit, you need to be above 16 years to be eligible to satisfy that you have completed at least 12 years of both formal primary and secondary schooling.

Work experience

Applicants should have at least two years of experience in the last five years.

In an occupation that according to the U.S. Department of Labor definitions, requires at least two years of training or experience is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating of 7.0 or higher.

Passport

As an applicant, provide a valid passport number. The passport must be valid for international travel. Noteworthy, do not apply if you listed an invalid passport number on your application.

Also, note that if you selected an exemption from the passport requirement and you did not meet the requirements for the exemption as you may not be eligible for a diversity visa and any fees you pay for the visa application will not be refunded.

“Only you as the principal applicant must meet these requirements, your spouse and children do not have to meet the requirements,” the embassy explained.

Notably, Kenyans have been asked to keep a keen eye on fraudsters that prey on naive applicants.