The Department of State (DOS) released a statement summarizing four court orders regarding the reservation of numbers for and/or adjudication of DV-2020 and DV-2021 diversity visas, and announcing that it is appealing the orders “because the Department believes the courts misinterpreted the law.”

DOS explained that while the appeal is pending, the courts have granted stays with respect to adjudicating visas from prior years, meaning that “the Department is not required to adjudicate visas from prior years until the appeals court issues its decision.” DOS explained that the courts, however, required the Department to complete the systems modifications necessary to process DV cases from prior years, which DOS said it will do in compliance with the orders.

DOS said it will publish additional public guidance regarding these cases “should it be necessary to do so.”

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