On September 30, 2020, a U.S. federal district court appointed the lawyers at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab as class counsel in Gomez v. Trump, a case challenging the State Department’s refusal to issue visas to 2020 Diversity Visa lottery winners. DV-2020 Selectees who did not receive a 2020 Diversity Visa as of April 23, 2020 are automatically class members.

Unfortunately, though the district court also ordered the State Department to reserve 9,095 visas for members of the Gomez class, the D.C. Circuit overturned that decision on June 25, 2024, finding that the court lacked the authority to order reservation of any visas.

We are extremely disappointed in the D.C. Circuit’s decision. Class counsel is evaluating possible next steps and will be in touch with class members shortly.  To subscribe to our class member updates, click below.