2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Announced

On September 16, 2016,  the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published a notice in the Federal Register on the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018). This Congressionally-mandated program provides visas for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. A limited number of visas are available each fiscal year, and for FY2018, 50,000 diversity visas will be available. Applicants are selected through a lottery, with diversity visas distributed among 6 geographic regions. Natives from certain countries will not be eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous 5 years. Some of these countries include: Brazil, China, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Online registration for the DV-2018 program begins on Tuesday, October 4th at 12:00 pm EDT and ends on Monday, November 4th at 12:00 pm EDT. The notice contains FAQs and information about the diversity visa process, as well as requirements, such as every entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent.

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The global economy has become increasingly transactional and transcontinental. Since 9/11, there have been many amendments to immigration laws in the United States that have largely affected both individuals and businesses. Cozen O'Connor's immigration law blog, ABC's of Immigration Law, focuses on the interests and the challenges faced by those individuals and business impacted by immigration laws.
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