Green Card visa lottery winners from travel ban nations have been refused Green Cards the immigrant visas based on employment by Trump administration in the US. This has been criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union. Green Card visa lottery winners from Iran and Yemen have been denied these US Green Cards. Green Card visa lottery awards 50,000 US Green cards annually to nationals of those countries that have low immigration rates to the US.
One of the most widely acclaimed pathways for obtaining the US Green cards is the E2 Treaty Investor Visa of the US. After obtaining this visa, the visa holders can apply for the US Green Card while residing in the US itself, as quoted by the Workpermit.
Trump has imposed a travel ban on nationals of Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Iran if they do not possess the family, business or study connections to the US. This has now been utilized by the US to deny Green cards to the Green Card visa lottery winners from these nations.
American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit saying that it is precious and rare to win the Green Card visa lottery. Denying the visas to the winners is grossly unjust, added the lawsuit. As per the rules of the Green Card visa lottery the winners must be offered the visas by the conclusion of the fiscal year failing which the visas expire.
American Civil Liberties Union has directly not challenged the travel ban in its lawsuit. It, however, has argued that winners of the Green Card visa lottery must be issued the visas even if they are not in a position to immediately travel to the US.
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