A federal judge reportedly has blocked the Department of State from refusing to process DV-2020 visa applications because of presidential proclamations issued in April and June 2020. The U.S. consulates are enjoined from continuing a “no visa” policy pursuant to those proclamations.

DV-2020 selectees may now pursue their diversity visas at their local consulates immediately. Due to the September 30, 2020, deadline, advocates recommend that selectees request an emergency visa appointment and ask to be treated as “mission critical.”

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