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Diversity Immigrant Visa Scams

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is an immigration program run by the U.S. Department of State. Its sole purpose is to offer visas to foreign nationals in countries that are on record for having a low U.S. immigration rate. Each year the list of eligible countries changes so as to encourage immigrant diversity and entice individuals who may not have considered immigration to the U.S. to take advantage of the program and the approximately 55,000 visas made available every year. The eligibility requirements for this program are simple. You first and foremost need to be a native of one of the countries listed on the program. You will also need to have either completed high school or a high school equivalent, or have at least 2 years work experience in the last 5 years in a field or occupation that requires at least 2 years training or experience. Providing you meet these requirements you may be eligible to apply for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. You must be careful however, to not fall victim to scammers intent taking advantage of your desire to immigrate to the U.S.

The lawyers at our firm have years of immigration experience, both working directly with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and in private legal practice. We are extremely familiar with the programs and options available to those wishing to gain temporary or permanent residency within the United States. We are also well aware of the various frauds and scams that exist to illegally solicit payment and other favors from individuals hoping to obtain one of the visas available through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.

If you or a loved one is eligible for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program we strongly recommend you become educated on these diversity visa scams so that you do not fall victim of their tactics. Any letter or email indicating there is a fee required to file your application is a scam. Do not trust any letter or email which states that you have won the lottery and thus will be able to obtain a green card for permanent residency. Applications for this program are available online at no cost to the applicant and there are specific, secure ways in which applicants will be notified that their application has been approved. To find out more about the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program or to seek counsel from an experienced lawyer who can help you or your loved one avoid becoming a victim of a diversity visa scam, call a Winter Park immigration lawyer atBrown Immigration Law today.