Does entering the green card lottery prevent issuance of a J1 visa?

Asked on October 21, 2013 under Immigration Law, Illinois


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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, it doesn't prevent the issuance of the visa but you should know that by entering the green card lottery, you are indicating your interest in and intent to immigrate to the US (if you are selected).  The J-1 visa is a single intent nonimmigrant visa, meaning you cannot have immigrant intent so it can affect the chances of getting the J-1 visa if you are not able to overcome your immigrant intent.

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