The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for July 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa cut-offs, Special Immigrant translator visa availability, and retrogression of July employment-based final action dates.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for December 2017. The Bulletin includes information on the diversity visa cut-offs, the Special Immigrant translator visa availability, the retrogression of Philippines family-based preference categories, and the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories.
The Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as the green card lottery, is a congressionally-allocated program for receiving permanent residence in the United States. U.S. Immigration Law provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. There is a limited number of visas per year. For Fiscal Year 2019, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. This post discusses how to apply, eligibility and screening procedures for DV applicants.