All diversity visas must be issued by Sept. 30 of the year for which the lottery is being conducted. Unless you are able to get the waiver by then - and that depends on the type of waiver (most would not be processed in time) and your country of origin (how long do objections letters take to be issued, with what ease are they issued, etc.) you would be precluded. Your best option is to hire an immigration attorney immediately to assist you with the no objection letter.
Gunda J. Brost Brost Law Office This advice does not form an attorney-client relationship and is merely informative. It should not by itself be relied upon to address a legal concern.
If you won the DV-2017 lottery, you have time to get a J waiver. You need a (1) no objection letter; (2) approval from DOS and (3) an I-612 approval from the USCIS. So get started on this right away.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
It takes about six months to get the waiver, so it is possible to get it on time.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
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