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Is Green Card Lottery DV2023 Cancelled? Diversity Visa Lottery

Rumors have been going around on the internet about whether the diversity visa lottery will be cancelled for the 2023 fiscal year. The many hiccups by the U. S. State Department in dealing with  visa processing and interview backlogs for the DV2020 and DV2021 has led many to this speculation. Which is, if it is even worth continuing the program if the State department cannot handle interviewing all selectees and approving visas for  the qualified selectees who are able to pass their interviews.

These assumptions make sense but they are not facts!

The diversity visa program’s 2023 fiscal year application in October 2021 will not be cancelled due to various reasons I will explain below. You can watch my video discussion of this issue.

It would take an act of congress to cancel the diversity visa a.k.a. green card lottery program because the program was established by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 (INA 1990). This was passed by both houses of congress and signed by George H.W. Bush. Therefore, for the diversity visa program to be canceled, it will have to go through similar process.

U. S. State Department as a branch of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not have the authority to cancel the diversity visa lottery program.  However, the State Department can petition congress to review the program. Even so, that would still be in the hands of congress.

Republican senators Tom Cotton, of the Senate Judiciary Committee (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced legislation in 2017  called RAISE Act , that sought to eliminate the diversity visa program. Republican representative Bill Posey, of the Senate Judiciary Committee(R-Florida) also sponsor a bill called SAFE for America Act  to end the diversity visa program in 2017. Recent attempt has come from Republican senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana). Sen. Kennedy introduced Visa Lottery Repeal Act . So far, these have been some of the attempts to end the program.

The diversity visa 2023 application period is few days away for such a dramatic end to the program to take place. As I have explained above, it will need the act of congress to end or eliminate the program and few days to a new fiscal year is too short for this to happen.

Immigration proponents in the congress are fighting for an increase in the number of diversity visas from 55,000 to 85,000. Rep.  Grace Meng (D-NY) voted to include an amendment  on the House Appropriation Committee Infrastructure funding of Department of Homeland Security, that would rollover any unused diversity visas from 2020 and 2021 fiscal years to the subsequent years.

For these reasons, diversity visa lottery  will continue for now! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos and also, watch my prediction for DV2023 application start date!

Long live Green Card Lottery!!

 

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How to Properly Name Your Supporting Documents for Diversity Visa Lottery DS-260

If we have learned anything about U.S. Immigration, not following instructions could lead to a disappointing outcome such as rejection of your documents, which will further delay processing of your case.

Document should be one of the following list if applicable: Passport_Biohraphic_data, Birth_Certificate, Marriage_certificate, Divorce_document, Death_certificate, Annulment_paper, Military_record, Police_certificate_country_XXX, Court_record_country_XXX.
If translations are needed, then add “_translation” on the filename. Translate documents that are not in English
Proper Document naming;

Unmarried Applicant:
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_Passport_Biographic_data.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_Birth_Certificate.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_police_certificate_country_france.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_police_certificate_country_france_translation.pdf

If applicant is married;
Principal applicant
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_Birth_Certificate.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_Passport_Biographic_data.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_police_certificate_country_france.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_police_certificate_country_france_translation.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Jacob_Ade_marriage_certificate.pdf
Spouse
• 2022AF00888888_Ruth_Ade_Birth_Certificate.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Ruth_Ade_Passport_Biographic_data.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Ruth_Ade_Police_Certificate.pdf

If applicant has children;
Child #1
• 2022AF00888888_Kofi_Ade_Birth_Certificate.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Kofi_Ade_Passport_Biographic_data.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Kofi_Ade_Police_Certificate.pdf (this depends on age, and if ever arrested. Please use Police Certificate criteria to determine)

Child #2
• 2022AF00888888_Joy_Ade_Birth_Certificate.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Joy_Ade_Passport_Biographic_data.pdf
• 2022AF00888888_Joy_Ade_Police_Certificate.pdf (this depends on age, and if ever arrested. Please use Police Certificate criteria to determine)

Please use the document list to determine which documents you need to submit since this list is not exhaustive.

Follow the instructions and use common sense in all you do! Factcheck and doublecheck everything.
Thank you!

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Supporting Documents For Green Card Lottery

After KCC receives and processes the DS-260 application form for you and your accompanying family members, you will receive instructions for how to submit required supporting documents. Your interview will not be scheduled until you submit scanned copies of all required supporting documents, following the guidelines below.  If you cannot obtain a particular document, send an explanation of why you cannot obtain the document, as an attachment in .jpeg or .pdf format, to KCCDVDocuments@state.gov, with your case number in the subject line.  You will bring the original documents to your interview with the consular officer.  It is strongly recommended that you begin this process early.

Supporting Documents for DS-260 

  • Passport Biographic Data Page (all persons traveling with you)
  • Birth Certificate (all persons traveling with you)
  • Marriage Certificate (if it applies to you)
  • Divorce Certificate / Decree (if it applies to you)
  • Military Records (if it applies to you)
  • Prison/ Court Records
  • Police Certificates:  If you are 16 years of age or older, you must submit a police certificate(s) from all countries you have lived in.
From… AND… THEN the applicant needs a police certificate from…
The country of nationality if they resided there for more than 6 months is 16 years old or older the police authorities of that locality
the country of current residence (if different from nationality) if they resided there for than 6 months was 16 years or older at that time the police authorities of that locality
any previous country or countries of residence if residing there for more than 12 months was 16 years or older at that time the police authorities of that locality
any country where you were arrested for any reason, no matter how long they lived there was any age at that time the police authorities of that locality

 

*You do not have to submit a police certificate for the US if you live or lived in the USA. *

  • Change of name document (Affidavit of Change of Name, if applicable)

You only provide documents that apply to YOU!

Please read the next article about how to properly name your documents before you sent to KCC.

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