The US Embassy in Nairobi has called for applications for the Diversity Visa Program commonly known as the Green Card.
Kenyans who are interested should apply between October 5 and November 8, 2022, using the US Department of State’s website.
“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, incomplete entry as well as other mistakes in the application might result in 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.
Make sure your passport number is current while applying. It is necessary that the passport be current and valid for international travel. Particularly, if your passport number is incorrect, your application will be automatically disqualified.
Also, keep in mind that if you apply for a diversity visa and pick an exemption from the passport requirement but do not fulfill the exemption’s conditions, your application may be denied and you will not receive a refund of your application fees.
“Only you as the principal applicant must meet these requirements, your spouse and children do not have to meet the requirements,” the embassy explained.
All applicants must have completed a formal primary and secondary school education program of at least 12 years’ duration.
In addition, equivalency certifications like the General Educational Development (G.E.D.) are not accepted; only formal courses of study count toward this criterion.
There is no strict minimum age requirement, however applicants must be over the age of 16 and able to demonstrate that they have completed at least 12 years of formal education (including both primary and secondary levels).
Applicants should have worked in their field for at least two of the past 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.
Notably, Kenyans have been warned to keep a close look out for scammers who prey on naive applicants.