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Could participating in DV lottery affect the case?

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Hi all,

I am married to a US citizen. We do not plan on filing for my IR-1/CR-1 visa for another year because I want to finish graduate school in my country before moving to the States.

The timeline would be as follows:

2012, summer - Married

2013, fall - Start the IR-1/CR-1 process

2014, summer - Graduate MA program

2014, fall - Move to the US

This is our current plan. I was thinking about applying for the 2014 Diversity Visa program (DV-2014) later this year. If I get it, we would be saving a lot of money that usually goes for the IR-1/CR-1 process. If not, no biggie, we would simply apply for IR-1/CR-1.

However, it did cross my mind that they might ask if I have ever applied for an immigrant visa before, in which case I would have to answer affirmative. Should this occur, would it cast a doubt on the ... ummm.. bonafidety (?) of our marriage? I would hate to create potential problems with our case just because I wanted to save some money...

I would love to hear what your opinions are.



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Hrmm interesting question. Similar situation to me as I am going to get married at some point next year.. But I'm also wondering, is it worth applying for the DV or could that somehow negatively affect a CR1 filing later?

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