Diversity Visa Lottery Winners Sue over Travel Ban

October 3rd, 2017

The winners of the 2017 diversity visa lottery (DV) who are nationals of countries included in Executive Order 13780’s travel ban to the US filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of State’s (DOS) refusal to issue immigrant visas to them. (P.K. v. Tillerson, 8/3/17). The court denied the plaintiffs’ request to compel the DOL to process their visa application, but did issue an order requiring the DOS to hold any unused diversity visa numbers for FY2017 to process plaintiffs’ visa applications in the event the Supreme Court finds Executive Order 13780 to be unlawful. (P.K. v. Tillerson, 9/29/17)