I have B1/2 visa till 2017 and won US Diversity visa lottery. Can I travel to US and adjust status to permanent resident?

Asked about 1 year ago - Seattle, WA

I have B1/B2 visa till 2017 and won US Diversity visa lottery in 2013(program year 2014).
Can I travel now to US and adjust status to permanent resident? If yes how long it will take to get SSN. can I travel back to my home country till status is adjusted? Is it possible to work legally In USA till status is adjusted?

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  1. Wendy Rebecca Barlow

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    Answered . No. You cannot enter the United States with a B1/B2 visa with the intent to remain here permanently. You risk being found to materially misrepresented yourself at the tine of entry, which can lead to a permanent bar to admission. You must process your request for an immigrant visa through consular processing.

    Wendy R. Barlow, Esq, The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C., 111 Broadway, Suite 1306, New York NY 10006, (... more
  2. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . No, you have to do consulate processing.

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  3. Philip Alan Eichorn

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    Answered . You should not attempt to use your B visa to enter. You have an immigrant intent and should process through the consulate with your DV lottery victory and enter as a permanent resident.

  4. J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.

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    Answered . I agree with my colleague. You must undergo Consular Processing.

    Law Offices of J Thomas Smith J.D., Ph.D 11500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77092 713-LAWYER-2 www.... more

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