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D.C. Circuit Court Revives Lawsuit Filed by 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Winners from Travel Ban Countries

The court held that, on the present record, the case is not moot, because whether the district court retains the authority to award relief to the plaintiffs—winners of the 2017 diversity visa lottery from countries included in Executive Order 13780’s travel ban—is a merits question, even though the statutory deadline to apply for the diversity visas has passed. Accordingly, the court reversed the order dismissing the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and remanded to the district court for further proceedings.

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