Thousands of winners of the annual visa lottery sued the Biden administration, saying its policies have brought diversity visa processing to a standstill, negatively affecting their chance to live in the U.S. In a complaint filed Monday, roughly 24,000 lottery winners and their families accused President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken and two State Dept. officials overseeing the diversity visa program of instituting policies that have left them unable to secure the visas before they expire. The plaintiffs claim the State Dept. has stopped processing visa applications or conducting the final-stage consular interviews. The State Dept. has only issued 1,480 of the available 55,000 visas since the 2021 diversity visa program opened, the lottery winners say.
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posted on: June 18, 2021