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US Immigration Update December 2009

A lot has happened since our last General US Immigration update in November.

1. The Green Card Lottery DV-2011 ended on November 30. During the initial week over 900,000 entries were received which was a 63% jump compared to last year and the Department of State expects 13 million entries to be the approximate total at the end.
2. The Green Card Lottery DV-2010 have begun to enter the country and many are still receiving their 2nd letter and starting to go to their US Consulate Interviews
3. The H-1B visa program for FY2010 that was extended into the new US Immigration year has picked up greatly with the latest USCIS quota update stating that 62,500 petitions have now been received in addition to the 20,000 advanced degree exemption. This means there is only 2,500 visas potentially left.
4. US Immigration reform is still expected to be debated in the US Congress in 2010, however health care reform would have to finish up completely before it could start in any meaningful way.

December is usually a quieter month for Immigration news with so many holidays but given the swarm of additional questions and comments on the site in the last 3 weeks, I definitely encourage you to continue searching for a job in the US as there is definitely a lot more hiring now and it could be a good time to get set up leading into 2010.

CJ

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Reminder Green Card Lottery DV-2011 is Now Open

This is just a quick post for everyone to remind them the Green Card Lottery DV-2011 (aka Diversity Visa Lottery) is now open.
It is open for entry from October 2, 2009 through November 30, 2009 and there is only one entry per person allowed.

You don’t get extra credit for entering earlier in the process but it is good to be early of course!

Winners will get notified by mail in 2011 around about May to June although as with Dv-2010 you will be able to check whether you were successful or not online at the US Government Official Green Card Lottery Site.

A common question is what are the photo specifications as you can find this both at our main Green Card Lottery Information page as well as a online photo validater on the US Government Lottery site which will check the photo you upload.

This process is completely FREE and through the US Government so do not pay anyone else or go to another site to apply. These are all SCAMS!

For more information and instructions go to; DV-2011 Instructions Press Release page .

Also to note as with last year’s Green Card Lottery DV-2010, the countries that are eligible an ineligible are the same.
These include BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

There are exceptions if you are from these countries and say at least one of your parents at the you were born was a non resident or citizen of this country and is from an eligible nation, then you could qualify.

There are 50,000 Green Cards allotted and it somewhat apportioned for all parts of the world so that say not a big number will come from one country or even one continent.

Good Luck!

CJ

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