The United States is known for being a "melting pot" of culture. That is to say, we've historically been a very big supporter of immigration from all over the world. As it turns out, the government is so keen on getting a rich and diverse mix of people from all over the globe that there is a special program that issues 50,000 immigration visas per year to citizens of historically underrepresented countries in the US. It's a great way to ensure that we have a balance of cultures and countries represented by our immigrant population, but there are many situations associated with the program that can be confusing.
For instance - what if you are from a country that doesn't qualify for the program (e.g. Brazil) but your spouse is from a country that does (let's say Nigeria). Does your spouse get to come to America but you don't? What if you are a child who was born in a non-qualifying country but your parents are from a qualifying one?
In her most recent Lawline CLE course, "The United States Diversity Visa Program", Camille Mackler explains the background of the program, the practical information associated with it (how to apply, etc), and also covers the confusing situations that can arise when applying for the program.
Immigration Law is a hot button issue these days, and many have proposed reforms to our current policies. Unfortunately, some of the current proposed reforms would eliminate the Diversity Visa Program beginning in Fiscal Year 2015. Ms. Mackler explains the possible future of the program, what that would mean for our country, and provides insight as to why it's an important cornerstone of our 'melting pot' culture.