Monthly Archives: April 2012

Diversity Visa Lottery Entrants: Get Ready for May 1 Results

If you submitted an entry for the DV-2013 lottery (meaning you would have done so in the fall of 2011), tomorrow, May 1, 2012, is when you’ll be able to find out the results. They won’t be announced publicly: You will need to go to the State Department’s Electronic Diversity Visa website and enter your confirmation number, name, and year of birth.

If you win, congratulations — but realize that you are only at the beginning of the green card application process. You will need to submit various forms and documents, and prove that you are not inadmissible to the U.S. (for health, security, or financial reasons), and do so before the visas run out. (For more on inadmissibility, see Inadmissibility: When the U.S. Can Keep You Out.)

It might be worth your while to hire an experienced immigration attorney to help with this part of the process.

BIA Ruling Eases Use of Advance Parole by Adjustment Applicants

Don’t miss this recent update on Nolo’s site if you are applying for a green card in the U.S. through the procedure known as “adjustment of status,” might like to travel while awaiting your green card interview, but were afraid to leave because your accrual of unlawful presence in the U.S., might result in you being found inadmissible upon your return.

The Board of Immigration Appeals has held that departures under Advance Parole with an adjustment of status application pending do NOT trigger the unlawful presence bars. You can travel after all.

There’s more information here, under “New Ruling Allows Applicants for Adjustment of Status to Leave U.S. With Advance Parole Without Facing Time Bars Upon Return.

U.S. Immigration Officials Protecing Us From Bollywood Stars!?

I suppose we should be glad that no one gets a free pass from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, no matter how great their fame or following. Yet something seems out of whack when international celebrities, whose regular world travels are practically part of their job description, routinely report major trouble entering the United States.

The latest such account comes from mega-Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. Khan was reportedly detained and held for over two hours by U.S. immigration officials upon a recent arrival in New York. He had come from India by private jet in order to address students at Yale University — and ended up late for his talk.

The  reports did not indicate the basis upon which Khan was detained. The rest of his group was cleared for entry immediately.

Khan is quoted as commenting, “Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kicked the star out of stardom.”

For more such tales, see “International Celebrities Denied U.S. Entry Visas.”

694,193 Potential New Voters Created in 2011

 

With the next Presidential election a mere 208 days away, it’s interesting to see the Department of Homeland Security’s recently released statistics on naturalizations that took place in 2011.

The total number of newly sworn in U.S. citizens was 694,193.

This breaks down by country of origin as follows:

  • Mexico: 94,783
  •  India: 45,985
  • the Philippines: 42,520
  • the People’s Republic of China: 32,864, and
  • Colombia (22,693).

Of course, these new citizens also need to register to vote, which depends on getting in touch with a state authority. In some states, the deadline to register in time for this election is mere days away.