By applying for the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, will this affect any other visa applications?Normally not, since this is a separate application process, although if you are applying for another type of visa at the American embassy/consulate in your country, you might be asked if you have also applied for the Green Card Lottery.
Will applying for the lottery affect one’s ability to receive a nonimmigrant visa?Probably not. Technically, filing a visa lottery application is equivalent to filing an immigrant petition. According to a source at the Department of State, a consulate will only be notified IF the person is selected in the lottery. An individual who is not chosen is on his honor to state that he/she applied for the lottery. Theoretically, if your name is selected in the lottery, you may have trouble renewing nonimmigrant status while waiting for your name to be cleared for processing (see discussion on the post-selection process for securing a green card). This should only be a temporary problem since permanent residency should eventually be awarded. There is still a risk that you will fail to be deemed eligible for the DV-2013 visa or the Department of State will have overestimated the number of individuals to select in the lottery (see discussion on how the selection process works). However, of all the lawyers with whom I have spoken, none have ever reported a problem with a client having entered the lottery. We have instructed our clients to answer the question on the DS-156 concerning previous immigrant visa applications as follows: “My lawyer entered me in the DV-2013 lottery.” We have never had a problem reported and I have yet to hear of anyone denied a visa because of a previous lottery application.
I participated in (and won!) the green card lottery right when I was applying for my F-1 visa. I got my case number 6 weeks before I had my F-1 visa interview. I consulted with an immigration lawyer because I was concerned about this intent-to-immigrate thing, as you say. He said I should be fine as long as I do not file an application for a permanent resident visa until after I had my F-1 visa interview. That’s what I did and it turned out fine. I got my F-1 visa as planned and 10 months later I had my green card. The consular officer at my F-1 visa interview didn’t even mention my participation in the lottery and none of the forms asked about it either.
Our international student office also encourages students to participate in the green card lottery. I honestly don’t think they would do that if it put our chances for other visas in jeopardy. Especially considering that some US consulates only issue student visas for one year, so some students have to reapply for a student visa each summer if they leave the US.
И напоследок, есть ряд причин, по которым людям могут отказать как в визе в США, так и в грин карте. С причинами отказа в визе можно ознакомиться в этой статье.