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Can I apply for the green card lottery if I'm in the USA on F-1 visa?

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Also, can my friend, who overstayed his visa, apply for the green card lottery? He is in the USA too.

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  1. Anyone can apply for the DV lottery. Your friend, however, will not be able to adjust status even if he/she wins because you need to be in valid non-immigrant status at the time you file your I-485 application after 1 October 2013. Good luck!

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  2. You may apply for a Diversity Visa while maintaing your legal status, however, your friend with undocumented status rendered himself ineligible for the same.

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  3. You .... yes

    Your friend ... sorry, no

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