Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Every year about 15,000,000 people apply for the Diversity Visa (green card) lottery. The Diversity Visa Program was authorized by Congress in 1990 as a way to increase immigration from under-represented countries. According to this criteria, the lottery has been successful. In 2009, 49% of lottery immigrant were from Africa while only 11% of the total 1.1 million legal immigrant to the US that year were from Africa.
The green card lottery typically opens for entry for one month in October and results are available on May 1st. There is no fee to enter but winners pay $819 in government application fees. A total of 100,000 winners are selected for further processing. Many people are weeded out for failing to meet deadlines and other requirements. Eventually, about 50,000 people are able to get a green card through the lottery each year.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Due to computer error, the results of the 2012 DV lottery have now been invalidated. The lottery results were available from May 1 to May 5 before entrants starting receive an error message when checking the results.
The webpage at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ was then updated with the current message which says the new results should be available July 15, 2011.