Information for LPRs (green card holders) during COVID-19

If you are a U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR) stranded outside of the United States due to COVID-19, you may find the information below useful. Please note, the U.S. Embassy does not set travel policies for lawful permanent residents (LPRs). U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) retains jurisdiction over the status of LPRs and any request for official guidance should …

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The United States is Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Diversity Visa Program

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — The application period for the United States’ 2022 Diversity Visa (DV) program opened at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (9:00PM local time in Ashgabat), and closes at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (10:00PM local time in Ashgabat). Each year, the U.S. Government makes …

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Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) (May 29, 2019)

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as …

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak

Last Updated: May 1, 2020 On Wednesday, April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 23 and expires in 60 …

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Instructions for the 2020 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2020)

The annual DV program makes diversity immigrant visas available to persons meeting simple but strict eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas, however, are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going …

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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those …

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