Tag: Visa

In ruling, judge throws lifeline to diversity visa lottery

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume issuing diversity visas for immigrants from underrepresented countries, partially reversing a pandemic-related freeze on a wide range of immigrant and temporary visas.

The U.S. issues up to 55,000 visas a year to people from countries with low representation in the U.S., many in Africa. They are chosen from millions of applicants by lottery.

Winners who aren’t vetted for green cards at U.S. consulates lose their spots if they don’t have their visas in hand by Sept. 30 of the year they were chosen.

The State Department had issued about 12,000 diversity visas for the 2020 lottery when President Donald Trump announced the freeze in April, leaving about 43,000 winners still waiting, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said.

“To be clear, there is no statutory requirement that every available diversity visa be issued each year, ” Mehta wrote in

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Why The H1B Visa Program Needs An Overhaul

Nothing’s perfect. The same can be said for the H1B foreign worker visa program. I love it because I see it as one of America’s best programs for recruiting the best and the brightest foreign workers. But whenever I look at how it works, I am reminded of the days when I traveled to the former Soviet Union and tried to use their telephones. The phones looked like ours, but when you tried to use them, they operated like children’s toys and you could hardly get through to anyone on the other line. The H1B visa program is like that, in theory it is serving a useful purpose, but in practice the program could do better. The way it is, it has America entering an international fist fight for the best foreign

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Trump administration pushes ahead on long-promised changes to controversial visa

A long-promised but thrice-delayed change to the H-1B visa program by the administration of President Donald Trump has been pushed ahead, but immigration lawyers are already predicting a legal fight.



a person reading a book: MERCURY NEWS PHOTO BY MERI SIMON    7/18/2000     Asif Siddique goes through a pile of papers containing his visa and other immigration documents. He has been working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa but his visa expired before he was approved for a green card. He can no longer work in the U. S. but he stays here while he waits hoping to get his green card.  Siddique has been in the US since 1987. He went to school at Ohio State University. He is originally from Pakistan.


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MERCURY NEWS PHOTO BY MERI SIMON 7/18/2000 Asif Siddique goes through a pile of papers containing his visa and other immigration documents. He has been working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa but his visa expired before he was approved for a green card. He can no longer work in the U. S. but he stays here while he waits hoping to get his green card. Siddique has been in the US since 1987. He went to school at Ohio State University. He is originally from Pakistan.

The administration has been saying since 2017 that it would change the definition of what qualifies as a “specialty occupation” for the H-1B, a visa intended for

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D.C. Judge Shields Diversity Visa Winners From Trump’s Travel Ban, Otherwise Upholds It

A Washington, D.C. federal judge has partially blocked the Trump Administration’s ban on green card applicants, diversity visa lottery winners, and other foreign guest workers from entering the U.S.



a man holding a sign in front of a crowd: NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Hundreds of people gather outside immigration services building in Foley Square Manhattan for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against immigrant detention camps and the imminent Immigration raids by ICE on July 12, 2019. New York.


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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 12: Hundreds of people gather outside immigration services building in Foley Square Manhattan for a “Lights for Liberty” protest against immigrant detention camps and the imminent Immigration raids by ICE on July 12, 2019. New York.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta temporarily barred the federal government from applying its visa ban to diversity visa lottery winners and their relatives that would prevent them from receiving their entry papers before the September 30 deadline.

Mehta ordered the Trump administration to undertake “good faith efforts” to “expeditiously process and adjudicate” those applications and renewals by the deadline and the end of the government’s fiscal year.

The 2014 Obama appointee otherwise upheld

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