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Old 06-18-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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Hi,
I found out that I got selected for the green card lottery and I just submitted the form DS-260 to KCC and the next step is to contact USCIS.
Then I found out of the double intent thing with F1 visas and the lottery.
I've been in the US for more than 6 years (did my undergrad here and now doing grad school) and I am currently in the US.
I do not want to risk having trouble and having to drop out of grad school, does anyone know if moving forward with the process will affect me?
Could you please provide some reference to your answers so I can checked them out myself.

I'm excited, confused, scared, stressed. I don't know what to do!!!!
Please, I need some help.

Thanks!
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:59 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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You may find this, which explains the process for those already living in the US on a non-immigrant visa, helpful:

Green Card Through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program | USCIS
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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You might have a problem, but should be able to deal with it. The more steps you take to showing "immigrant intent", the more chance you have of being denied a new visa for that reason. You've been in the U.S. a while and taken steps toward a green card, which could lead to a conclusion of immigrant intent. Having submitted the DS-260, you might as well go all in now. File the adjustment of status. In the meantime, continue as a full-time student. The key is to keep from having the government look at your status, so there's no opportunity for them to decide that you are an "intending immigrant" until it's time to grant you the permanent residence. So don't leave the country or try to get a new visa. You can continue under duration of status as an F-1 as long as you stay in your current program.

Pay close attention to deadlines, because the system is unforgiving if you miss one.

And, understand that just getting selected doesn't guarantee you'll get all the way through. They select more in the lottery than they actually have to give out. Watch the Visa Bulletin (Visa Bulletin) at Section B to see where the current cut-off is (compare to the allocation number you were assigned). And, if you are in the DV-14 program, you MUST finish the process by Sept. 30, or you are out of luck.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:44 AM
 
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Pay close attention to deadlines, because the system is unforgiving if you miss one.

And, understand that just getting selected doesn't guarantee you'll get all the way through. They select more in the lottery than they actually have to give out. Watch the Visa Bulletin (Visa Bulletin) at Section B to see where the current cut-off is (compare to the allocation number you were assigned). And, if you are in the DV-14 program, you MUST finish the process by Sept. 30, or you are out of luck.
^^ This.

Deadlines are crucial here. Depending on your situation (and your DV lottery number) it might be better to go to your home country and apply for consular processing instead of doing status change. You will not be able to attend your school during this time though, because it is highly unlikely that you will be admitted to the US on non-immigrant (F1) visa after applying for immigrant status.

If you do status change in the US you should be fine as long as your F1 status stays valid and there is enough time to process your DV immigration paperwork. Just don't leave the country while your status change is pending as your may not be able to re-enter.
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