Monthly Archives: May 2011

PDF and Doc Versions of Questionnaire

For those unable to open the questionnaire, please find two other versions below: .doc and pdf. If completed by hand, please make sure that the handwriting is legible. Thank you! questionnairedv2012doc questionnairedv2012pdf0001

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Clarification on Completion of Questionnaire

In response to my earlier post, completed questionnaires are starting to flow in. Thank you. I would like to allay any concerns out there about the use of information contained in questionnaires: 1. Completion of the questionnaire is entirely voluntary. … Continue reading

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DV-2012 – Thank You for Your Support – Next Steps

Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support!  We greatly appreciate it. To pursue the compromise solution proposed in my May 17, 2011 letter to Mr. Donahue at the Department of State, I believe it appropriate to gather … Continue reading

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DOS Invalidation of DV-2012 Results Leaves 22,000 Winners Devastated – Our Proposal for Correcting this Injustice

The Department of State’s invalidation of the DV-2012 results has left 22,000 winners distraught.  And they have a right to be – they did nothing wrong, started to act on their winning notifications, and now have had the carpet pulled … Continue reading

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DV-2012 Results Invalidated! New Hope for All Participants

In an unprecedented decision, the Department of State has invalidated the DV-2012 Lottery results.  Here is the official announcement: The Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services confirmed what was pointed out in earlier blogs and our letter to … Continue reading

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DV-2012 Update – October 5-6 Submissions Account for 3/4 of All Winners

As pointed out in our previous blog entry, the overwhelming majority of winners in the DV-2012 Lottery were those who submitted entries on October 5 and 6th. We have seen two surveys confirming this: 1. in which 74% of the … Continue reading

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Joy, Disappointment, and Scandal: Department of State Notifies DV-2012 Winners

The day that millions of people waited for the world over ended in … scandal.  On May 1 DV-2012 Lottery participants learned their fate: whether their entries were selected, or were being told “better luck next year (if there is … Continue reading

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What do bad plumbing and waiver applications have in common?

We’ve all seen the commercials with stunt cars and daredevil tricks, and the disclaimer at the bottom stating “Professionals at work. Do not try this on your own.”  That is why it is surprising that people with the means to … Continue reading

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Extreme Hardship, Extreme Luck, or Extreme Lawyering – USCIS Immigrant Waiver Approval Rates

In the attached file are the most recent approval statistics for USCIS offices within the Rome District.  Noteworthy is the wide disparity in I-601 approval rates: for example, the Rome office approves only 25% of the applications while Frankfurt approves … Continue reading

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8 Commandments by which Every Consular Officer Must Live By

One of the first things that I learned in Catholic School is the Ten Commandments.  We didn’t so much learn the Commandments as to have them seared into our memory, at our ready recall when the situation called for them.  … Continue reading

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