Visa Lottery 2022: State Department Announces When It Will Begin

Visa Lottery 2022:  The Department of States announced when enrollment for its Diversity Visa program will begin The U.S. government plan...

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  • Visa Lottery 2022:  The Department of States announced when enrollment for its Diversity Visa program will begin
  • The U.S. government plans to grant up to 55,000 immigrant visas by fiscal year 2022
  • See here when enrollment starts and ends and if you were born in one of the eligible countries.

The United States Department of State announced this Wednesday the start and end date for the registration and receipt of applications for your Program Diversity Visa 2022, popularly known as the Visa Lottery.

The Office of Consular Affairs of the Department of State reported that on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 12:00 noon, Eastern time in the United States, the registration portal will be enabled.

The registration period will conclude on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 12:00 noon Eastern time.

The program, protected by the Immigration and Citizenship Act to guarantee the “diversity of immigrants”, will have available up to 55,000 visas for fiscal year 2022 for citizens born in countries with historically low levels of emigration to the United States.

For fiscal year 2022 (DV-2022), people born in the following countries will not be eligible to apply for the program because more than 50,000 of their fellow citizens migrated to the United States in the last five years:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom and their dependent territories ( except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.

Those born in Macau and Taiwan are eligible.

In addition to being born in one of the eligible countries, the applicant, according to the instructions of DV-2022, you must also have successfully completed an educational period of at least 12 years or have had at least two years of work experience in the last five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training.

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US Department of State Office of Consular Affairs.

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ICE closes the year with 21 dead migrants, the highest number since 2005

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) closes the 2020 fiscal period this Wednesday with 21 immigrants dead in its custody, its worst year in 15 years due to the incidence of the coronavirus in their detention centers, activists denounce.

ICE today concludes the 2020 fiscal period with more than 19,791 men, women and children in its detention centers, less than half of the almost 46,000 they had last January after the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the arrests and deportation and release of thousands of undocumented.

But the death toll far exceeds eight deaths in fiscal 2019, and is the highest since the 21 deaths recorded in fiscal 2005.

ICE data indicates that eight of the deceased in their custody died after being infected with COVID-19.

“Many of these deaths were preventable, unnecessary and a direct result of the Trump administration’s refusal to take basic measures to protect the health of detainees,” said John Sandweg, former director of ICE during the administration of President Barack. Obama (2009-2017).

At the very beginning of the fiscal period, on October 1, 2019, Nebane Abienwi, 37, a native of Cameroon, married with three children, died after a stroke. Abienwi had entered the US from Mexico on September 5 and was being held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center.

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The most recent death, according to ICE, occurred on Sept. 26 when Romien Jally, 56, of the Marshall Islands, died of complications from COVID-19 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The data that relate this captive population and the COVID-19 pandemic give another dimension to the number of detainees: according to ICE, as of September 25, 42,366 people had been tested for the virus, of which 6,168 were positive. currently 582 detainees are dealing with the contagion, and are isolated.

More than a third of the undocumented immigrants who died in ICE custody in this fiscal period had tested positive for COVID-19.

Three deaths related to the virus occurred in the detention center in Stewart, Georgia, where the death of 61-year-old Mexican Cipriano Chávez Álvarez was recorded on September 21.

In this center, the Costa Rican José Guillen Vega, 70, and the Guatemalan Santiago Batel Oxlaj, 34, also infected with the virus, also died.

ICE has at least 40 immigration detention sites, many of them operated by private companies that critics say do not meet government standards for the custody of individuals and family groups.

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“For six months, immigrant advocates have been warning about the threat that COVID-19 represents for detained people, as well as for the personnel who work in these centers,” said Andrea Flores, deputy director of the ACLU.

“The way in which ICE handles this crisis reflects the depth of its indifference towards the lives of immigrants: from the transfers,” they pointed out.

Throughout the year the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, human rights groups, immigration lawyers and Latino activists have denounced not only President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, but also what they have described as overcrowded conditions and poor medical care in the centers. of detention.

ICE, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with an annual budget of more than 7.6 billion dollars, and about 20,000 employees, is one of the three key agencies in the application of Trump’s policy against immigrants.

“ICE has a long history of abuse, from the deliberate separation of families to racial discrimination and warrantless raids,” said American Field Services (AFS), a Quaker organization created in 1917.

AFS, which has launched a campaign calling on Congress to abolish ICE, said lawmakers who approve funding for the agency make themselves, and everyone who pays taxes, “complicit in human rights violations.”

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