27 02, 2022

What Is a K1 Visa?

By |2022-02-27T08:28:05-06:00February 27th, 2022|Categories: Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

If you are a U.S. citizen and want to marry a foreign national and bring them to live with you in the United States, it's generally not a simple process. One of the most often utilized options in this regard is the K1 visa. In many circumstances, this is the visa that makes the most sense to pursue. So what exactly is the K1 visa, and what can you expect from the K1 process? This article will give you insight into the requirements and process. 1. What is the K1 Visa? The K1 visa allows your fiance to enter the United [...]

4 10, 2018

This Year’s Green Card Lottery (DV-2020) Begins

By |2020-05-01T16:08:13-05:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), General, Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

Published October 4, 2018   Once again, millions of people from around the world will be vying for a chance to reside in the U.S. by way of an entry into the DV Visa Lottery.   For the upcoming fiscal year the DV-2020 Visa Lottery program makes available 50,000 “diversity” immigrant visas for certain qualified individuals from the vast majority of the world’s countries. Excluded from eligibility are natives of 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 […]

20 09, 2017

Premium Processing Continues for More Categories of H-1B Filings

By |2020-05-01T17:42:22-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment-Based Immigration Law, General, Green Cards, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

Published September 20, 2017   Premium Processing Continues for More Categories of H-1B Filings In an abrupt about face earlier in the year, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US DHS/CIS) announced it would put a halt to the availability of the fee-based, expedited, 15 day premium processing service for all H-1B work visa petitions.  Slowly but surely though, US DHS/CIS has been reinstituting availability of this service for various types of H-1B petitions, which includes this week’s announcement it would accept premium processing requests for H-1B visa petitions which are now being considered under the fiscal year 2018 […]

4 10, 2016

Registration for 2018 Green Card Lottery Ends November 7, 2016

By |2016-10-04T09:30:28-05:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), General, Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Uncategorized, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

Published October 4, 2016   The Green Card Lottery (DV-2018) As in years past, millions of people from all over the world will submit entries to have a chance at one of 50,000 diversity immigrant visas and obtain “green card” status in the U.S. Excluded from eligibility are natives of 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 Vietnam.  These specified, excluded countries are considered to be “high admission” nations, and Congress’ purpose in establishing the visa lottery program was to provide […]

17 10, 2015

Registration for 2017 Green Card Lottery Ends November 3, 2015

By |2015-10-17T14:01:02-05:00October 17th, 2015|Categories: General, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

Published October 17, 2015 The Green Card Lottery (DV-2017) As in years past, millions of people from all over the world will submit entries to have a chance at one of 50,000 diversity immigrant visas and obtain “green card” status in the U.S.  Excluded from eligibility are natives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam.  These specified, excluded countries are considered to be “high admission” nations, and Congress’ purpose in establishing the visa lottery program was to provide […]

24 09, 2014

The Green Card Lottery (DV-2016)

By |2014-09-24T09:38:20-05:00September 24th, 2014|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Family-Based Immigration Law, General, Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Uncategorized, United States Embassies Abroad, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

Published:  September 24, 2014 The Green Card Lottery (DV-2016) As in years past, millions of people from all over world will submit entries to have a chance at one of 50,000 diversity immigrant visas and obtain “green card” status in the U.S.  Excluded from eligibility are natives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam.  These specified, excluded countries are considered to be “high admission” nations, and Congress’ purpose in establishing the visa lottery program was to provide immigration […]

22 08, 2013

I Married a U.S. Citizen and Now I Want a Green Card

By |2013-08-22T14:10:16-05:00August 22nd, 2013|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Family-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., United States Embassies Abroad, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Published:  August 22, 2013 Marrying a U.S. citizen – it can be the quickest and easiest avenue to a Green Card.  Assuming it involves a bona fide, genuine spousal relationship – including between same sex partners – a green card filing premised on a marriage to a U.S. citizen can be the most straight-forward route toward obtaining U.S. resident status. If the foreign spouse is outside the U.S., their journey to the U.S. usually starts with the filing of an I-130 visa petition, and after approval, immigrant visa processing at their nearest U.S. consular post in their home country.  This same process […]

25 09, 2012

The Green Card Lottery (DV-2014)

By |2012-09-25T09:11:48-05:00September 25th, 2012|Categories: Family-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published: September 25, 2012 As in years past, millions of people from all over world will submit entries to have a chance at one of 50,000 diversity immigrant visas and obtain “green card” status in the US. Excluded from eligibility are natives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam. That is because these are considered to be “high admission” nations, and the basis of Congress establishing the visa lottery statute was to provide immigration opportunities for individuals from other, […]

15 10, 2011

The Green Card Lottery (DV-2013)

By |2011-10-15T13:08:54-05:00October 15th, 2011|Categories: Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|Tags: , |

Published:  October 15, 2011 As in years past, millions of people from all over world will submit entries to have a chance at one of 50,000 diversity immigrant visas and obtain “green card” status in the US.  Excluded from eligibility are natives of Bangladesh (new), Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and Vietnam. That is because these are considered to be “high admission” nations, and the basis of Congress establishing the visa lottery statute was to provide immigration opportunities for individuals from […]

4 03, 2011

“Diversity Visa”/Green Card Lottery Scam

By |2011-03-04T08:57:49-06:00March 4th, 2011|Categories: Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Visa Lottery and Diversity Visas to the U.S.|

Published: March 4, 2011 As our government’s IT security/anti-fraud measures develop with the times, so do the tools of resourceful scam artists. The latest new scam presents itself as a scary-authentic email notification, advising the recipient that they have won the visa lottery, known as the Diversity Visa lottery, and are eligible to be issued U.S. permanent residence or “green card”. The email includes all of the types of governmental agency language and symbols we associate with a governmental communication and of course, preys on the vulnerabilities of foreign nationals desperately seeking U.S. immigration status to sell the fantasy. The pay-off […]

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