Families from Ethiopia and Sudan are suing the US over visa delays.

USA-(Berberanews)-Families from Sudan and Ethiopia who won a lottery to migrate to the United States have sued the government for delays in processing their entry permits.

The action, dubbed Tesfaye versus Blinken, claims that the US government is unjustly delaying their visa hearings by refusing to shift the cases to embassies other than those in Khartoum and Addis Ababa, which have not resumed ordinary visa processing.

Unless a judge intervenes, all winners of the Diversity Visa program must be scheduled for immigrant visa interviews before the end of the fiscal year, which is September 30, according to the US Immigration and Nationality Act.

The families have “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become permanent residents,” according to one of the lawyers representing them, but the government “keeps de-prioritizing” their cases.

“They will lose a golden opportunity, and the United States will lose a golden opportunity,” argues Curtis Lee Morrison.