Hello all! Long time no 'see'! First of all, I apologise for the nature of this thread, I know there are many out there on the same topic but most of them are fairly old (as far as I could tell) and I was hoping to get some insight from anyone who may have come up against this or has any ideas about this issue from recent years (particularly in light of Trump-ism and anti-immigration laws). I have entered the GC lottery I think 4 or 5 times. I was successful in 2014 (when they selected far too many OC selectees) and filed a DS-230 (I think that's the form?). Didn't get anywhere obviously, as my case number was too high. Fast forward a few years and I now have the opportunity to go on exchange with my university. This will be a ONE year exchange program as part of my Bachelor's degree, and one of the application conditions is that I have at least one semester full time of study left after the program has ended (in other words, the university rules stipulate that you must return to Australia in order to complete your degree). I am quite anxious about my application for the J1 Visa given I have shown clear immigration intent. There is some argument, it seems, about when you have officially 'shown intent' - that is, whether simply applying for the GC lottery shows intent, or whether you only show intent when you file the DS-230. Either way I've shown intent. I don't own a house or have economic ties to Australia, however I can obviously prove I have to come back here to finish my degree, and I have no intention of trying to stay after the exchange is over. I did however apply for the 2019 GC lottery (which now I'm wishing I hadn't). Do you think I've ruined my chances of gaining a J1 visa?