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    Diversity Visa Lottery Update

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    Almost anyone who has completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education, or has worked for at least two years within the last five in a qualifying occupation, is eligible to enter the Department of State’s annual visa lottery program which issues 50,000 green cards to persons from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.  Once selected in the drawing, “winners” must act quickly to be among the first to qualify for their visas.

     

    DV-2020 Lottery Program
    If you participated in the DV-2020 Lottery Program, you may check online to see if you were selected in the lottery. Please note that the Department of State does not send selectee notifications or letters by regular postal mail or by e-mail. Any email communication you receive from the Department of State will direct you to review Entrant Status Check for new information about your application. The State Department has indicated that additional winners may be selected. If selected, please contact us immediately so that we can commence processing of your immigrant visa application.

     

    DV-2021 Lottery Program
    The State Department will conduct the DV-2021 Lottery starting on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 and concluding on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  You may apply on your own by going to the official website of www.dvlottery.state.gov. If you would like our assistance, please call 1-800-VISA-LAW 800)%20847-2529">(1-800-847-2529) or email us at lottery@wolfsdorf.com.

    For the DV-2021 Lottery Program, natives of the following countries are not eligible to enter because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan were eligible.

    For an in-depth analysis of some of the complex issues in the DV lottery program, read our article at “The Diversity Lottery – A Deceptively Simple Program (An Update)” by Bernard P. Wolfsdorf and Naveen Rahman Bhora. You may also refer to our blog titled You Won the DV Lottery, Now What?! Now Turn Your Lottery Number Into A Green Card: A Lawyer’s Guide to Navigating The DV Lottery written by Bernard Wolfsdorf and Adam Francoeur.

     

    This post originally appeared on Wolfsdorf Rosenthal. Reprinted with permission.


    About The Author

    Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is the past National President of the 15,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is Managing Partner of the top-rated Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP immigration law firm. The firm is known worldwide for providing exceptional quality legal services. With over 80 professionals including 18 lawyers, and offices in Los Angeles, New York and Shanghai, the firm provides high-quality, excellent-value global immigration services. Mr. Wolfsdorf specializes in a broad range of immigration areas, including business and EB-5 investment visas and he also handles the full range of global immigration matters. Best Lawyer’s US News and World Report ranked him as its 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Los Angeles. In 2017, Mr. Wolfsdorf was listed as Who’s Who Legal’ s “Leading and Most Highly Recommended Immigration Lawyer in the United States” for the 7th year. Mr. Wolfsdorf secured the top spot after earning the most votes from hundreds of highly-rated immigration lawyers around the world. WWL calls Mr. Wolfsdorf a “leading expert in EB-5” who has “strengths in many practice areas.” He has been described by other highly reputable sources, such as Chambers and Partners (USA), as an “excellent” attorney.” The firm is one of only 3 in California awarded Band 1 recognition, and the only one in Southern California with the honor. Mr. Wolfsdorf has been recognized as “an undoubted leader” and “one of the prestigious names in the field” who “knows his stuff back to front”. He is listed in Southern California Super Lawyers, while Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business has rated him in its top tier. EB5 Investors Magazine has rated Mr. Wolfsdorf in its “Top 25 Immigration Lawyers” for the past 4 years. Mr. Wolfsdorf has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality law specialist for over 25 years. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business described him as “one of the hardest-working immigration lawyers around,” adding that “he continues to lead from the front with astute strategic and tactical decisions”. Mr. Wolfsdorf is a long-standing member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) and ABIL Global, which include the Managing Partners of the top immigration firms worldwide. He has authored numerous publications on immigration law and frequently lectures on visa matters. He is renowned for his broad knowledge of immigration law and his ability to successfully navigate complex immigration matters. Over the years, Mr. Wolfsdorf has had a major impact on the practice of immigration law. In recognition of his contribution, the American Immigration Lawyers Association honored him with its Service Excellence Award for his distinguished work.

    Naveen Rahman Bhora is a partner at Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP and manages the firm’s New York office. Ms. Bhora represents a wide range of clients in US immigration matters, from individuals and small and emerging businesses to multinational corporations and major hospitals and universities. Ms. Bhora has developed a particular expertise in visas for intra-company transferees, people with extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher/professor matters. She represents physicians, registered nurses and allied healthcare workers, among others. She has been praised by Who’s Who Legal for her “excellent” work at the firm. Ms. Bhora is an active member of the California Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the International Medical Graduate Taskforce. She is the former treasurer of the Southern California chapter of the AILA and served two terms on AILA’s Vermont Service Center liaison committee. Ms. Bhora has written extensively on various advanced immigration law topics and continues to present to local and national audiences, including physician groups and universities. Ms. Bhora graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and magna cum laude from New York Law School with a Juris Doctor.


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