July 1, 2017 / Arjen / Comments Off on Visa Lottery scams in Iran, Iraq, Nepal, and elsewhere
There are this year more Visa Lottery scams than ever before ! Especially in Iran, Iraq, Nepal.
Scammers are sending emails and letters to people who entered the DV program last year (DV-2018) or the year before (DV-2017). These emails and letters contain links that will lead to the scammers. Responding to these emails/letters will cost you money, but will not get you a Green Card.
Tthe US Government does NOT send emails or letters to Lottery Entrants informing them that they won. Please do not respond to letters that pretend to be from the National Visa Center NVC, the Kentucky Consular Center KCC, the US Department of State (DOS), US Immigration Services (USCIS). They are all fake. The same goes for emails that you won, they are fake. Your “winning number” is a fake. Please do not react !
People all over the world, interested in immigrating into the US, wonder if there will be another chance to play for a Diversity Visa.
At the moment it is unclear whether another Visa Lottery, DV-2019, will be held. IF it happens, the Entry Period will be in October and possibly a few days in November this year (2017). Usually the announcement for a new DV-program is made late August, early September.
The requirements for education and/or work experience will probably be the same as for previous Visa Lotteries. Regarding eligibility – we must wait and see which countries the State Department will include and which it will exclude.
A revised version of Prez Trump’s travel ban goes into effect today. The restrictions will affect visitors from Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. The travel ban is for 90 days. Unless it is renewed, the ban expires on September 27, 2017.
Reinstatement of the ban is the result of a recent decision by the US Supreme Court. The Court announced it will hear arguments for and against the travel restrictions in October.
Nationals from the six countries “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the US” can be excepted from the rule. Examples of people with “bona fide” ties are: immediate relatives or close family members of a US citizen or Permanent Resident, students accepted at a US college or university, foreign workers hired by a US employer.
Which others can also qualify is unclear. The Court’s opinion leaves room for more exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
A temporary ban against nearly all refugees, regardless of origin, was also put in place today. This ban is for 120 days and will expire on October 27, 2017, unless it is renewed. Exceptions are possible for people with “bona fide” ties (see before).
Exempt from the bans are: Green Card holders, people in the US on a Non-Immigrant Visa, dual nationals, people granted asylum, refugees already admitted or cleared for travel to the US.
For DV-Lottery winners: the State Department announced that visas already approved will not be revoked. Previously scheduled Visa Interview appointments will not be cancelled.
Thursday, June 16 – DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced today that he is rescinding Prez Obama’s DAPA memorandum (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents). This program was meant to shelter certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. DAPA was never implemented because was put on hold by federal courts after 26 states challenged the memo. Mr. Kelly said the decision would not impact Prez Obama’s DACA memorandum (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This program grants temporary reprieve from deportation to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a fraud alert to warn the public.
Scammers are abusing a DHS telephone number. They altered their caller ID to make it seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG* hotline (1-800-323-8603) and identify themselves as “U.S. immigration employees”. The scammer then demands personal information, often by telling the person that they called that they are victims of identity theft. USCIS asks the public to remember that it never asks for payment over the phone or in an email. If USCIS needs you to send a payment, you will receive an official letter with instructions.
OIG: Office of the Inspector General, the office that oversees USCIS operations.