Immigration regulations and procedures are in an unprecedented state of ongoing review and change. As a result, processing times are generally delayed and unpredictable. It is therefore recommended that you review your immigration documents regularly and address any extensions, renewals, or changes of status as early as possible. Background checks have become a standard part of many, if not all, immigration processes and no one is exempt, nor can they be expedited.
2017 VISA DIVERSITY LOTTERY
The Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As in past years, the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent residence in the United States if they are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Entries for the DV-2017 lottery must be submitted electronically between noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Thursday, October 1, 2015, and noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries are not accepted.
The DV lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State. As in past years, for FY-2017 natives of the following countries remain ineligible to apply for the DV lottery 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, Ecuador, 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, Macau and Taiwan remain eligible. Instructions for entering the DV-2017 diversity lottery are available at the U.S. Department of State website.
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