Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Experience Receiving the 2017 Green Card Results

The U.S. Department of State released the results for the 2017 Diversity Program (applied in 2015) yesterday and I was head over heels to key in my confirmation number.

I was looking forward to my luck this time after failing the first time I tried to apply for the Green Card - the very thing that has made one poor guy from our village rise up to become the admiration for most of the people back there.

This "American"  guy has managed to buy more than a few "chieas",  a Kikuyu word meaning "plots" in our village (a villager will always be a villager it is said but don't take this for "hating" or jealous as I in fact admire this guy) and even build his mum a house. For your information it is not just your ordinary village house; it is a well-appointed house that passes every check for a view to behold, at least for me and most of my fellow villagers.

As with everyone else, I quickly rushed to the entrant status check page here as soon as the news hit me that the results were out. Holding my breath like a person waiting to read their HIV test results, I keyed in the confirmation number that I had so keenly guarded and then sat back waiting for the big news and in just a fraction of a minute, the truth was all there staring at my face.


Lady luck had refused to smile at me, yet again.

Maybe it was the photo, I comforted myself. You see a lot of people fail the initial selection for having a photo that doesn't meet the specifications provided - a Green Card application tip for you right there - and I could have been one of them.

It was then that I remembered double-checking the photos using every last resource I could come across in my research online - assuming they were not lying to me of course which I believe they were not unless they all copied the information from each other.

Or maybe it is because I didn't have the equivalent of high school, I pondered for a moment, but then instantly remembered the thrill characterizing the day I graduated from the university with a bachelors degree that I had so earnestly worked for.

For now, I am still not sure if it is lady luck or an error with my application. Maybe I missed something. All I can do is hope that things will  be different next time; who knows, I just may decide to apply again? If I  do, I hope that the feeling I get will be similar to what I got when I finally cracked the 8-4-4 system (sorry to it for having to "go" too soon, or so it seems, doesn't it?).

Here are some more details about the Green Card Program in case your are not familiar with it...

The Diversity program is intended for residents of countries with low rates of immigration into the US from a historical perspective. Becoming a “diversity immigrant” gives you permanent residency, referred to as Green Card. 50,000 applicants are scheduled to benefit from the Green Card program in the 2017 fiscal year.

The results for DV-2017 were released on May 3, 2016 and will be available on the site until September 30, 2017.

The successful applicants (entrants) will be provided with further instructions on their Diversity Visa (Green Card) Program application including the details of the entrant’s immigrant visa interview appointment (to be communicated only after the selectee has responded to the instructions on the website).

To qualify for a Diversity Visa, U.S. Immigration law requires you to have at least a high school diploma or at least two year work experience in the past five years in a position that requires not less than 2 years of training or experience.

If you were not lucky in DV-2017 like me or didn't enter, you can always apply or re-apply here.


  1. I also applied for Green Card in 2015 and my lady luck was also not yet ready to smile at me. I wonder if she will next time. By the way, I like your writing style and I can't wait to read your next piece.

    1. I am happy to hear that friend. I wish you all the best as you apply again next time.

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