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Department of Homeland Security

statueBeginning in Fiscal Year 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will now allow those selected through the Diversity Visa lottery to file Forms I-485, Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to become permanent residents (“green card” holders) before immigrant visas are available to these applicants. This new process will allow more time for USCIS to adjudicate the applications before the end of the fiscal year and will allow certain 2014 Diversity Visa applicants to apply for adjustment of status immediately.

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