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The Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as the "Green Card Lottery," is a visa lottery program implemented by the U.S. Department of State. The lottery provides 55,000 permanent residency visas every... more +
The Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as the "Green Card Lottery," is a visa lottery program implemented by the U.S. Department of State. The lottery provides 55,000 permanent residency visas every year. The program is open to individuals from certain countries with low immigration rates to the United States.   less -

FY2019 Diversity Lottery Instructions Are Now Available

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October...more

This Year’s Diversity Visa Lottery Opens Oct. 3—For Possibly the Last Time?

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for this year’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly referred to as the diversity visa (DV) lottery system—starting on Tuesday,...more

Registration For This Year's Diversity Lottery Program Starts On October 3, 2017: Here's What To Know

The U.S. State Department administered DV Lottery Program awards immigrant visas (green cards) to individuals hailing from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This year there are 50,000 DV visas...more

2019 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 3

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 3, 2017, and noon on November 7,...more

The Immigration Report: 200 Days of the Trump Administration

by Vedder Price on

Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, there is no denying that the first 200 days of President Trump’s administration have been an interesting time for employers impacted by immigration regulations. The whirlwind of...more

Feeling Lucky?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This may be the last chance to participate in the lottery. Not the Powerball Lottery that recently topped $700,000,000, but the Diversity Lottery that will provide 50,000 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2019. The Diversity...more

Diversity Applicants Sue To Force State Department Action

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A group of diversity lottery applicants from countries covered by President Donald Trump’s travel ban have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to force the State Department to adjudicate...more

The RAISE Act – Legal Immigration Faces Challenges

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In early August, President Trump voiced support for a bill introduced earlier this year by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) to effectively overhaul the current immigration system. The Reforming American...more

Trump Backs Plan to Severely Cut Immigration

Today, President Trump announced his support for a U.S. Senate proposal to cut legal immigration in half. The plan was proposed by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia....more

President Announces Support For Bill To Drastically Cut Legal Immigration Levels

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump has just announced his support for new immigration legislation aimed at curtailing overall immigration into the country. An original version of the bill was introduced earlier this year by Senators Tom Cotton...more

Trump Backs Legislation to Reduce Legal Immigration Rates

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his support for the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment ("RAISE") Act, introduced by Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA)....more

The RAISE Act: A Flawed and Misguided Immigration Bill

On August 2, 2017 Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) unveiled an immigration bill titled The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act). While the stated purpose of this bill is...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Cross-sector deals drive technology M&A

by White & Case LLP on

The first half of 2017 brought 441 deals worth US$41.3 billion targeting US technology firms. Compared with H1 2016 activity, value in tech-sector M&A is down 40.2 percent from US$69.1 billion, and volume is down from 463....more

School Districts Taking Advantage of New H-1B Cap Exemption Regulations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With the increased focus on foreign language programs — particularly the popularity of immersion programs in which the foreign language is used for instruction rather than as the subject of instruction—schools districts are...more

It's H-1B Season: Employers Get Ready for April 1, 2017 Deadline

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Advocates, employers, and employees are in a state of suspense in anticipation of potential changes to the H-1B program. The H-1B visa allows foreign workers to be employed in certain "specialty occupations," which are...more

Immigration Group News: H-1B Cap Season Has Officially Begun

by Murtha Cullina on

On April 1 of each year in recent memory more than 200,000 employers vie for the coveted 85,000 H-1B visas for their foreign professional employees. This year USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to annual...more

H-1B Visa Lottery Looms Under Shadow Of Trump Executive Orders

by Fisher Phillips on

Over the past several days, President Trump has passed numerous executive orders addressing immigration. Thus far, none of these orders have targeted employment-based immigration, but it is possible that this topic could be...more

Time to Plan for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Season

by Miller Canfield on

H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap (FY 2018) must be received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the first five days of April 2017. As April 1 falls on a Saturday in 2017, employers...more

Choosing the Best Path to a Green Card

by Ronald Shapiro on

There are many paths to obtaining a Green Card. Deciding which path is best to follow depends on an individual’s personal circumstances. Whichever path is taken, a Green Card grants an individual permanent residency. This...more

2018 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, 2016

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2018 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted by...more

U.S. State Department Announces the Latest Green Card Lottery

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published instructions for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the “DV Lottery” or “Green Card Lottery”). The Green Card Lottery makes available 50,000...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Diversity Visa ("Green Card Lottery") Registration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On October 4, 2016, registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2018 Program will begin. Conducted by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the DV program provides a limited number of immigrant (permanent) visas each fiscal...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

by Mintz Levin on

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program: Cuba, Ecuador, and Guatemala Eligible to Register

by Carlton Fields on

For the 26th year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued registration instructions for the annual Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. Registration for the 2018 lottery opens 12 noon eastern daylight time (EDT) on October 4,...more

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