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2012 Diversity Visa Lottery

The U.S. Department of State's 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery online registration process begins at 12:00 p.m., Eastern on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. It will be available until 12:00 p.m., Eastern on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Paper entries will not be accepted; applications must be submitted electronically. The electronic entry form is available at: www.dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of State’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program provides 50,000 diversity visas every year. These visas are selected through a lottery system from entries by persons who meet stipulated eligibility requirements from countries with lower levels of immigration to the United States.
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USCIS Announces Fee Increases

September 23, 2010
News & Updates, USCIS
Today the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it will raise the filing fees for most immigration benefits. The new fees will take effect on November 23, 2010. The final rule announcing the fee increases will be published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2010. The final fee increases are very similar to what was initially proposed by USCIS in June. The fees for most petitions will increase by a weighted average of 10%. The filing fee for an I-129 petition will be raised by five dollars, while the filing fee for the I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition increases by $105. Some petitions, including the N-400 naturalization application will have no fee increase. In addition to the increase in filing fees for standard forms and applications, USCIS will increase the fees for its premium processing service. The premium process fee (currently set at $1000) will go up to $1225. The USCIS attributes this increase to the change in the Consumer Price Index since the premium processing fee was first introduced in 2001.
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