I have a tourist visa which I can use to come the United States and at the same time I have been selected for (DV) 2016 for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program. Can I come to the United States as a tourist and then Regularize my Status or should I proceed thru the normal consular process What would be the the best option ? This statement is from USCIS If you receive notification through the E-DV website that you have been selected for further processing in the DV Program, and you are physically present in the United States, you may be eligible to adjust status to obtain permanent residence through the DV Program. For more information, see Adjustment of Status.
No, a person cannot be admitted as a visitor in order to file for adjustment once they are admitted. Rather, to get an immigrant visa, you should process through the US embassy in your country.
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.
You should process your immigrant visa through your country.
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You could have applied for adjustment of status if you were lawfully in the U.S. at the time you were selected under the DV program. However, you cannot enter as a visitor with the intention to apply for permanent residence. You need to apply through the U.S. Consulate in your country.
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