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    Question Renewing An F1 Visa While Diversity Visa Application Is Pending

    I recently found out that I got selected through the Diversity Visa program (green card lottery). I submitted the requested DS-230 and DSP-122 forms, but I am still only at stage 3 of the process. That means that no interview has been scheduled yet, and even though the chances are good, there is no guarantee that the diversity visa will eventually be granted.

    I am currently in the US with an F1 status, but I need to go on a trip out of the country, and my F1 visa is expiring in a couple of months. I need to renew my F1 to be able to reenter the states after my trip, but I got the information that my Diversity Visa application may hinder the process.

    I keep getting conflicting information on this subject. I need to renew my visa in July, and someone at the US embassy told me that they don't receive the DV case numbers until August, and therefore if I apply for my F1 before that I shouldn't have a problem.

    Has anyone had to deal with this situation, or has some advice on what the guidelines are for cases like this?

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    Default Re: Renewing An F1 Visa While Diversity Visa Application Is Pending

    I have not been able to find any information for you.

    Have you considered speaking with an immigration attorney?

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