Green Card

Many of you may have heard about a 'card' that you need if you want to live and work in the USA. Below is a short article which explains what a Green Card is, and how you may get one.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York (Copyright: Getty Images)Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York (Copyright: Getty Images)


a) From the statements of some of the Green Card winners, we get a little insight into the lives and personalities of modern-day immigrants. Joseph Mumbu from Kenya, for instance, sounds as self-confident as an American already, whereas Barbara Heggen from Australia primarily expresses her thankfulness and cannot believe that she has won.

Imagine that you are or know one of these people. Write a short story about what happened to one of them when they came to the USA. Choose whether you want to tell the story in the first person, e.g. “When I entered Kennedy airport I was filled with excitement …” or in the third person, e.g. “Upon her arrival in San Francisco Barbara Heggen felt a little nervous …”

b) Write an essay on positive and negative aspects of American society today. Sum up by stating whether or not you would consider applying for a Green Card to live and work in the USA and give reasons for your viewpoint.


Green Card to the USA

Even today, about one million people come every year in search of the American Dream. In order to live and work in the United States, you have to get a Green Card. This is the same as a permanent visa. One way to do this is to take part in a Green Card Lottery. This lottery grants 50,000–55,000 people the permanent right to settle in the USA each year.

To join in the lottery you have to be at least 18 years old and your country must be on the list of lottery countries. Norway is one of many such countries. If you send your name and address to the National Visa Service you will receive an application form that will enter your name to the computer drawing. If you are lucky enough to win, you may apply for American citizenship after five years of residence in the USA. In such a case, you will have to answer some questions testing your knowledge of American history and society.

Here are the statements of a few recent lottery winners:

“I was excited very much after receiving your letter. I never expected that to happen, but I have appreciated your offer to me for a brighter future.” – Virginia Otieno, Kenya

“Thrilled, a bit stunned. Can’t quite believe my luck. I feel like fate has thrown me a wild card that can’t be ignored.” – Barbara Heggen, Australia

“I’m very excited to win in this lottery. I look forward to my stay and work in the U.S. I believe that my experience and resourcefulness will benefit the entire nation of America.” – Joseph Mumbu, Kenya

“It has always been my dream to live and work in America legally. Thank you for the chance.” – Anthony Duggan, Ireland