N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- Due to the backlog, 473,000 DV lottery and immigrant visa applicants are waiting for an interview date at the National Visa Center.
Julie M. Stufft, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, briefed the media on the latest developments in the DV lottery and immigrant visas.
She also suggested that the 2020 DV winners who have already received visas come to the United States without expiring their visas.
“Applicants going through the immigrant visa process are very important to the United States, not just statistics,” she said.
The Ministry of External Affairs has instructed embassies and consulates around the world to proceed with the visa process in a safe manner in accordance with the CDC’s criteria, she said.
She also said that the Ministry of External Affairs has instructed embassies and consulates to adopt creative methods to increase the number of immigrant visa appointments.
New visa sticker will not be issued
Earlier, the US State Department had clarified that a new visa sticker would not be issued to the 2020 DV winners whose visas had expired.
Despite a federal judge ordering that the visa for the 2020 DV winner be considered up-to-date, the US government has made it clear that it will not issue a new visa sticker.
The US State Department says the winners of the DV 2020 may not be able to obtain a visa replacement for those whose visas have expired.
However, due to a court order from Gomez vs. Trump, those who obtained a diversity visa in 2020 will be able to travel to the United States on an expired visa.
That’s because the court ordered the visas to be treated as visas issued after Trump’s executive order was revoked. ‘