Does every applicant who gets chosen in the lottery automatically get a visa?

No. Just because you are chosen in the lottery doesn’t automatically mean you are going to get a green card or immigration to the U.S. In addition to all of the admissibility issues we cover in other blog posts, the person must still wait in line for their number to be picked. Every region only has so many visas to give. As the fiscal year continues, the Embassy calculates the number of DV applicants. If your number is not reached within the Fiscal year, you are not permitted to apply for the Immigrant Visa.

How much can a lawyer do to help someone in the lottery process?

Because it is such an easy online process, most people are able to handle the registration process on their own. It is only after they are selected that the attorney gets involved, especially for individuals or students who are already here in the U.S. Sometimes speed if of the essence when dealing with the DV Lottery process, especially because it is supposed to take place within the fiscal year the person is chosen.

If they are going through the process in their home country at the embassy, they can still hire an experienced immigration attorney like you to help them through the process?

Absolutely. It is not uncommon for individuals to hire an attorney in the U.S. to help them in the process. This is the way it has been for many years.

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