Frequently Asked Questions Is Immigration Lottery real, or is it just a scam? You'd be surprised how often is this question heard, as the name "Immigration Lottery" doesn't seem to inspire confidence in potential immigration candidates. However, despite the name, US Immigration Lottery isn't a scam, and can be used to legally obtain permit for work and residence in the USA, if proper procedures are followed. How long does the Visa processing request take? This is a difficult question to answer, because the circumstances may vary wildly depending on where are you trying to immigrate from. After proper fees are paid and after all of the legal paperwork and forms have been submitted to your regional embassy, it takes about three months for the Visa request to be processed and for the interview to be scheduled, unless you pay for "Premium Processing". What is the Premium Processing program? Premium Processing is a program of USCIS that allows for much swifter review of the Visa application form. A payment of $1000 is involved, and the benefit the applicant has when compared to the regular visa request is a decision regarding his Visa status in 15 days. This is an option often used by foreign sport stars who do not get their regular applications processed in time. Note that swifter decision does not necessarily mean swift positive decision - the Visa request might be rejected even through Premium Processing program. Does marriage to someone with an US citizenship automatically allow someone of foreign nationality to obtain a green card? No, at least not immediately. Obtaining a green card through marriage is a process that usually takes months, if not years. There may be tests and questionnaires involved, testing the legitimacy of the marriage if it is a recent event, to detect marriages just for the sake of obtaining a card. If an employee with a temporary Visa needs to travel, how easy will it be for him to return to USA? This is another of the tricky question to answer regarding immigration laws, as the rules greatly differ depending on travel agreements between countries. Check with your local embassy for more information. Can I get more information through a phone? This depends on the type of information you need. Generally, contacting USCIS through a phone has proven pretty unreliable. If you have a problem you feel you need to explain in person, wait for the date of the appointment and explain your problem at the embassy. If you are in a hurry and need that problem solved before the appointment date, it's best to contact a lawyer with experience in immigration laws who can give you legal advice on the matter. Are there changes in procedures since 9/11? Yes. In case you haven't kept yourself up to date on Immigration Laws in america, the whole procedure has been shifted from Immigration and Naturalisation services to Department of Homeland Security. This has brought along a lot of changes to the process, including requirements of more detailed info from immigrants as well as biometric data. Are any countries treated differently due to 9/11? Yes. And this covers both employment and immigration visa applications. Middle eastern countries like Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Egypt, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Bangladesh citizens go through much more detailed screening, the processing of their applications take much longer periods of time and are much more often rejected.