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Frequently Asked Questions

Did the price of stamps increase?

Yes, the cost of Forever stamps increased by 1 cent on January 22, 2012. Once purchased, Forever stamps can always be used to send a one ounce, First-Class letter, no matter how many times the price of the stamp changes in the future. You do not need to add an additional 1 cent stamp. Learn more about the price increase.

How can I apply for the diversity visa lottery?

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, commonly called the diversity visa lottery, is an annual random drawing that makes up to 55,000 visas available to people who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Learn more about who qualifies and how to apply.

How can I get a personal grant or benefits from the government?

There are very few grants available to individuals. Most grants are awarded to places like universities, states, and non-profits. You can search for these type of grants on Grants.gov.

Benefits.gov can help you figure out which government benefits and loans you might be eligible for and tell help you apply.

How can I get a visa to move to the United States?

There are many different ways to get a visa to move to the United States. Generally, you must be sponsored by a relative who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer. Learn about your options.

How do I apply for student aid?

To apply for student aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Find out if you qualify and learn how to apply.

What resources are available to help me pay my mortgage?

You may be able to refinance or modify your mortgage to make your payments more affordable. Learn about your options at makinghomeaffordable.gov.

What resources are available for small businesses?

You can find resources for your business, such as how to grow it or access financing, at BusinessUSA.

How can I attend school in the United States?

There are many different ways to study in the United States. Learn what you need to do from the U.S. government’s official site for international students: educationusa.state.gov.

How can I contact my representative and/or senator?

You can find out how to contact your elected officials at USA.gov.

How can I contact President Obama?

You can contact President Obama by e-mail, phone, or mail at whitehouse.gov.