Q I was born in Somalia, a country President Trump included in the latest travel ban. If I win the green card lottery, can I get an immigrant visa?
Kamil Mohammed, Somalia
A Beginning Oct. 18, nationals of countries included in President Trump’s new travel ban will be barred from getting immigrant visas. That includes winners of the 2019 Diversity Visa green card lottery. Still, I suggest you enter. There is no fee for entering. And 2019 lottery winners won’t begin getting immigrant visas until Oct. 1, 2018. By then, Trump could lift the ban or the courts could find it unconstitutional.
The latest travel ban impacts nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Venezuela, Syria and Yemen. Nationals of Iraq and Sudan are no longer banned but can expect special scrutiny when applying for visas. The President’s travel ban allows for waivers, but only in limited circumstances. Note that individuals who already have an immigrant visa (green card)…