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The U.S. will resume issuing diversity visas for lottery winners

The U.S. will resume issuing diversity visas for lottery winners

Important! A judge in Washington has partially blocked President Donald Trump’s announcement, barring green card applicants, diversity visa lottery winners and other legal immigrants from entering the United States. Prior to the Presidential Declaration, the United States had banned most immigration until December 31, 2020.

The court directed the administration to process the diversified visa application for 2020 as soon as possible before September 30. Applications are being made to embassies and consulates where local health conditions permit.

To be eligible for a visa, applicants must have all the documents required to meet the formal visa application requirements, pay all application fees, and have the ability to undergo a medical examination. Applicants previously scheduled for an interview should contact the U.S. Consulate for more information.

The State Department will use the following priority plans for applicants:
Of the petitioners who became plaintiffs in the court;
Applicants who have already been interviewed and who want to refund or cut the previous denial;
Applicants who were scheduled for appointment in March, April or May and whose appointments were canceled due to COVID-19 epidemic.

For embassies and consulates who have additional capacity to process applications and who have not been exhausted by the above three categories, whose applicants are pending at the department’s Kentucky Consular Center.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to issue all DV-2020 visas by the deadline. Also, the Presidential Declaration 10014, which prohibits certain immigrants (including diversity visa applicants) from entering the United States, remains in effect until December, 2020 and may be extended by the President.

However, the resumption of visa issuance (albeit to a limited extent) and the victory against Trump’s anti-immigration resolution is already a major step in favor of the diversity visa program. The editorial staff of is confident that the processes will return to their normal course in the near future.

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