2011 Green Card Lottery Runs A Second Time Today…Hopefully Final Lottery This Year

Today’s the big day…AGAIN, for hopeful foreigners around the world, hoping to start a new life here in the United States.  The original lottery selection turned out to have an “glitch” that didn’t select from the 19 million applicants in a fair manner.  So the brilliant folks running the Green Card Lottery (now called Diversity Lottery), decided 12 days after announcing the names of the 22,000 people selected that they are no longer winners and will have to try again in July.

Instead of just increasing the quota, allowing those 22,000 “winners” entry, and then running another lottery for everyone else, they thought it was more “fair” to crush the dreams of 22,000 people who thought they’d hit the U.S. Immigration jackpot.  Nice boys, real nice.

Naturally, a class action suit was filed by those who’s immigration hopes  were dashed, but yesterday the courts ruled in favor of the USCIS, deeming the drawing did not randomly select applicants, as required by law.

So, good luck to those unlucky original winners.  I’m sure we’ll never know how many of those original green card lottery “winners” win a second time.

Would-be immigrants wait for do-over of ‘green card lottery’
msnbc.com, on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:02:57 -0700

In early May, about 22000 people were notified they had won a chance to apply for a visa as part of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which is aimed at increasing the number of immigrants from the developing world and countries with historically low 

 

US Court Dismisses Visa Lottery Lawsuit
Voice of America (blog), on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:35:30 -0700

The diversity visa lottery was established by Congress in 1994 to increase the number of immigrants coming to the country from developing states and other countries with traditionally low rates of immigration to the United States. 

 

Judge tosses class action lawsuit over bungled green card lottery
San Jose Mercury News, on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:15:56 -0700

Of the roughly 15 million people around the globe who entered America’s green card lottery this year, Ansari was one of the 50000 immigrants selected to apply for a coveted “diversity visa.” That is, until the US State Department said it was voiding 

 

Green-card lottery winners lose
CollegeNews, on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:08:05 -0700

The lottery has been making headlines recently, but the players of this game aren’t lured in by the promise of millions of dollars. The Diversity Visa Lottery (green-card lottery) promises a different kind of opportunity, the ability to bypass typical