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Update: The Diversity Lottery Will Restart Following Resolution Of Technical Issue

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We previously reported on the Department of State’s acceptance of applications for the diversity immigrant lottery. Since then, the DOS has announced on the Diversity Lottery website:-...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...more

Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) Entries Discarded by DOS Due to Glitch, New Period Opens on October 18, 2017

As previously reported, the annual Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program submission period for fiscal year 2019 began on October 3, 2017. The U.S. Department of State has issued an alert that, due to a technical issue, the...more

DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

Details Emerge on the New In-Person Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to "phase-in" mandatory in-person interviews for certain employment-based applications, including the main application to...more

Travel Ban, Take 3

President Trump has issued another update to the travel ban first introduced on January 27, 2017 and reissued on March 6, 2017. Presidential Proclamation 9645 Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting...more

Annual Green Card Lottery for Diversity Immigrants Opens Oct. 3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Beginning Oct. 3, 2017, there is a limited application period for many foreign nationals to apply for the chance to get a green card. • U.S. law authorizes 50,000 immigrant visas ("green cards") to be available annually...more

2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Open October 3 – November 7, 2017

Each year, the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program makes available 50,000 immigrant visas to aliens from selected countries. The list of selected eligible countries changes each year. See end of this summary for those...more

President Trump Issues Proclamation that Restricts Travel to the US by Certain Nationals from Eight Countries

by Hogan Lovells on

On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation (the Proclamation) laying out restrictions on the entry of nationals from eight countries into the United States using certain types of immigrant...more

Registration for Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery to Open on October 3, 2017

The Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As in past years, the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent...more

Presidential Proclamation Alters Travel Ban

by FordHarrison on

The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation on September 24, 2017, that imposes new travel restrictions on Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Syria, as well as newly added countries North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela. The...more

Fall Colors Include Green – Annual Green Card Lottery Registration to Begin October 3rd

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced key details regarding the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for Fiscal Year 2018 (DV-2019). This is an annual, Congressionally-mandated program that allows participants to enter...more

Trump Administration Announces New Travel Ban

by Baker Donelson on

On September 24, the Trump Administration issued a proclamation which imposed new travel restrictions on certain nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. This proclamation was issued...more

Travel Ban Update: New Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel To The United States From Eight Countries

On September 24, President Trump issued the "Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats." This...more

Immigration Law Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

Premium processing provides that the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") will process a petition within 15 days, for an additional $1,225 application fee. Earlier this year, USCIS announced it would not be...more

President Trump Issues New Travel Ban Expanding Countries Affected By Travel Restrictions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation enhancing the vetting capabilities and processes for detecting attempted entry into the United States by terrorists or other public safety threats....more

Important Developments in Business Immigration Law

The Revised Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect Next Month - On Sept. 24, President Trump issued a proclamation that indefinitely bans certain citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from...more

Presidential Proclamation Sets New Restrictions on Travel to the United States

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Country-specific travel restrictions will impact nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela....more

New Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel from Eight Countries

by Littler on

On September 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats”...more

Trump Administration Implements New Travel Ban

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On September 24, 2017, the Trump Administration announced an expansion of its previous travel ban, adding several countries to the list designated in the original travel ban (Executive Order 13780)....more

An Analysis Of President Trump's Travel Ban Proclamation

On Sunday, the day that most of President Trump’s March 6 revised travel ban expired, he issued a broader, more nuanced Proclamation as a travel ban. The Proclamation applies to eight nations - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and...more

UPDATE: President Trump Issues New Travel Ban for Eight Countries, Ends Temporary Protection for Sudanese

The White House has announced its newest executive order on immigration, placing travel bans and restrictions on seven countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and Asia.  In a separate decision, President Trump...more

Green Card Lottery Winners Are at a Loss

by Ronald Shapiro on

Trump’s recent travel ban has been utilized to deny Green Cards to visa lottery winners from affected countries like Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. In July, the ACLU...more

Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 Open October 3 To November 7

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2019 (DV Lottery). Online registration for the DV Lottery opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern...more

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

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