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No more US Green Cards to Green Card Lottery Winners from Travel Banned Countries - Trump

August 2017, 23
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American Civil Liberties Union, vehemently criticized the Trump administration, in July 2017 for their refusal to issue Employment Based Immigrant Visas, (Green Cards) to the winners of Lottery who hailed from Yemen and Iran. 50,000 US Green Cards are placed in the lottery to be awarded annually. The focus is to give them away to people of countries which have reduced immigration rates in the USA.

In order to possess US Green Cards the investors from foreign nations take the route of applying for a Treaty Investor Visa known also as US E2 Visa and subsequently apply for a Green Card, even when staying in the US, for an EB-5 Green Card. The present Travel Ban by the President is a direct threat to these US Green Card winners.

ACLU has a federal lawsuit regarding the issue of denying Green Cards to the winners belonging to these affected countries. The countries to whom the traveling ban was issued are Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria and is applicable to people without business, family connections or study in the US.

ACLU has mentioned that to win a diversity lottery is a unique and important event and its denial is unfair too. Moreover, the un-issued US Green Cards expire when the financial year ends.

The travel ban has not been challenged directly and there is a demand by ACLU that the Green Cards must be nevertheless issued, even when the possibility of beneficiary traveling to the US soon is remote.

The Green Card lottery is at the center of a controversy for quite a long period with stands taken to end it and to be taken for voting by the US Congress. Till now no such bills have been passed, but Trump supports a new bill proposing to do away with the lottery, and take measures to curb it in a big way through a series of new visa rules.
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