Archive for September 2016

2018 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA (DV) PROGRAM

On September 16, 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, published a public notice outlining the registration process for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV).  50,000 diversity immigrant visas will be available to applicants who are selected by randomized computer drawing, and meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a native of a qualifying country, in other words, you must have been born in an eligible country. However, even if you were not born in an eligible country, you may still be eligible provided your spouse was born in an eligible country, or you are able to claim the country of birth of one of your parents.  Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply: 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; and
  • You must meet the education/work experience requirement: you must have at least a high school education or its equivalent, or two years of work experience within the past two five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience.

NOTE: You should not register for the DV program unless you meet both of the eligibility requirements.

Entry Period

Applicants are required to submit their entries electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon (EDT), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and noon (EDT), Monday, November 7, 2016.  Only one entry per person is allowed, and individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.  There is no cost to register for the DV program.

For further information, please visit our Immigration Topic – “Diversity Visa Lottery” at http://antone.com/articles/diversity.php.

If you would like help in determining whether you qualify for the DV program, assistance in registering for the DV program, and obtaining an immigrant visa, please contact our office.

 

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President’s Executive Action on DACA+ and DAPA BLOCKED

On November 20, 2014, through Executive Action, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain parents of U. S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (DAPA).  In addition, he expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (DACA+).  However, on June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a split decision, and as a result, DHS continues to be blocked from implementing DAPA and expanded DACA (DACA+).  Individuals otherwise eligible for DAPA or DACA+ cannot apply at this time.

Please note that the “block” does not affect the existing 2012 DACA applicants, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to accept applications (initial and renewal) from those who qualify under the DACA criteria announced in June 2012. As to the future of DAPA and DACA+, the two most likely scenarios involve a request for rehearing by the Supreme Court or allowing the case to go back to the district court for a decision.  In both scenarios, a decision is not anticipated until 2018.
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