What’s Next After “Winning” in the DV Lottery?

What’s Next After “Winning” in the DV Lottery?

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Release Date5/19/14
Length4 pages
After May 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) notified more than 100,000 individuals who had entered the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV program) lottery (diversity lottery) that they had been selected for further processing. Many diversity lottery “winners” believe the next steps in the process to be simple. However, with only 50,000 diversity immigrant visas set aside for these winners and their derivative family members for FY2015, thousands will be disappointed when their diversity immigrant visa applications fail, either because they didn't meet minimum eligibility requirements or because their lottery entries contained fatal technical errors. They also may have to overcome grounds of inadmissibility. According to the authors of this monograph, "What's Next After Winning in the Diversity Visa Lottery," this system is brutal with a 50 percent-plus attrition rate.

Authors Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Vanessa Sanchez, and Joseph J. Shepherd walk the reader through the diversity lottery process including:

  • Eligibility requirements and how to avoid an application denial
  • Foreign state chargeability issues
  • The use of the Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range and O*Net

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Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is a past president of AILA. The International Who's Who Lawyers has selected Mr. Wolfsdorf as the “most highly rated immigration lawyer in the world” for the past five years, 2010 -2014. He is managing partner of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, LLP, a 21-lawyer firm with offices in Los Angeles and New York (www.wolfsdorf.com). He is the recipient of the AILA Service Excellence Award. Best Lawyers in America has honored Mr. Wolfsdorf with the distinction of “Immigration Lawyer of the Year” for Los Angeles. He is top rated in the following: Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell's Preeminent Specialist Directory (AV), Southern California Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and the Chambers Global World's Leading Lawyers for Business.” He can be reached at bernard@wolfsdorf.com.

Vanessa Sanchez is an associate attorney at Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP. She received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School and is licensed to practice law in California. She also has a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Sanchez has experience with applications for U visas, special immigrant juvenile status, visas available under the Violence Against Women Act, and deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Joseph J. Shepherd is an associate at the Santa Monica office of Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group. Mr. Shepherd provides immigration counsel to U.S. employers and foreign investors regarding hiring and transferring key global talent and expanding and initiating new U.S. commercial enterprises. He has authored numerous articles published by AILA and Bender's Immigration Bulletin on such topics as H-1B fraud investigations, global trends in immigration protectionism, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals under U.S. immigration law. Mr. Shepherd is licensed in Massachusetts and practices exclusively immigration and nationality law.

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