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DV-2013 Green Card Lottery Winners

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Through the DV – 2013 Green Card lottery program, 105,628 applicants have been selected. These selectees are called for further visa processing. Not all the selectees will receive an immigrant visa to enter the United States. Only half the number of the selected applicants will qualify for a visa to immigrate permanently to America as only 50, 000 immigrant visas are made available through this the DV lottery program.

The highest number of winners of the DV – 2013 are from Ukraine, with 6,424 winners. The other top 8 winning countries apart from Ukraine are, Nigeria (6,218), Iran (6,029), Ghana (5,105), Uzbekistan (5,101), Egypt (5,015), Ethiopia (4,910), Kenya (4,410) and Nepal (4,370).

Following these countries, the next ten countries with high number of winners are, Democratic Republic Of The Congo (3,924), Cameroon (3,858), Russia (2,846), Sierra Leone (2,516), Algeria (2,161), Morocco (2,068), Poland (2038), Liberia (1,916), Turkey (1,807) and Albania (1,520).

The chances of winning the DV lottery varies because the US State Department assigns available visas on the basis of the number of people immigrating to the United States from the different countries. More number of visas are allotted to countries from where less number of people had immigrated to the United States. This is done to diversify the American population. The number of immigrant visas that are made available through the Green Card lottery to all the eligible countries is not the same. The countries are allotted immigrant visas according to the immigration rate which varies from country to country. The number of people applying for immigrant visas from the different eligible countries is not the same. Hence, the chances of winning the lottery is also based on the number of applicants. Lesser number of applicants, increases the chances of winning the DV lottery.

Your country of birth is also considered. If you belong to a country with the highest odds of winning the lottery, you may be one of the lucky winners to win the DV lottery. However, you cannot change the place of your birth but there are rare cases where you have an option to choose the birth place of your parents. If that country has been allotted more number of immigrant visas then you may be more likely to win the lottery.

The successful entrants of the DV-2013 Green Card lottery must check their status using the entrant status check, as they will not receive any notification through mail or e-mail regarding winning the lottery. They can get to know about the interview process and other procedures only through the entrant status check, using their application confirmation number.

The winners are the selectees who are eligible to get a visa by satisfying the eligibility requirements such as education and work experience. The minimum requirement in terms of education is high school graduation or its equivalent. If not, two years of work experience during the past five years in an occupation which involves at least two years training is mandatory to qualify for an immigrant visa.

The eligible winners of the DV-2013 Green Card lottery program will be notified about the interview process through the entrant status check. If the selectee is found to be eligible to immigrate to the United States by the consular officer, then an immigrant visa will be granted.

Things to do After Winning the DV Lottery 2013

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Diversity Visa lottery program conducted by the US State Department selects 50,000 applicants for permanent resident status in the United States, through a computer generated random lottery drawing.

All the selected applicants and winners will not become lawful permanent residents of the United States. Winners who meet all the eligibility requirements and who are admissible into the United States only will be qualified for an immigrant visa to enter the United States.

As the lottery results have been published, you can check whether you are a winner through the entrant status check on the E-DV website. In order to check your status, you must have the confirmation number that you obtained while filing an application for the DV lottery program. You can also not check your status without your name, last name and your date of birth.

The DV lottery 2013, Entrant Status Check for Diversity Visa lottery Program will be available until the 30th of September 2013.

People who had won and those who had not been selected will not receive any notification from the US Department of State. The only means to check whether you were selected is through the entrant status check. Once you enter your confirmation number, name, surname and date of birth in the result page, you will be directed to a confirmation page, if you were selected. This confirmation page will have information about the fees and other procedures. People who had not won will not be directed to the confirmation page.

All the the instructions about the immigrant visa interview appointment, date and time of the interview will all be available only on the E-DV website via entrant status check.

The instruction on the entrant status check will have detailed information about the Diversity Visa and immigrant visa fees. You will not be required to pay any fees through mail or any other services, as the fees must be paid only in person at the US Embassy or Consulate. The payment of fees can be made at the time of the visa application. On making the payment, you will receive a government receipt for payment from the consular cashier.

If you are already in the United States on some other status and if you had won the DV lottery, then you may apply for adjustment of status, for which you will receive separate instructions about mailing the Diversity Visa fees to a US bank. This information will also be available only through the entrant status check.

You must be aware that the US Department of State does not send any mail or e-mail with any information about winning the lottery.

If you are a winner, you will receive e-mails with information about your visa appointment if you had responded to the notification instructions on entrant status check. Those e-mails will not contain information about the interview dates and time.

The follow-up e-mails from the US Department of State will only request you to review your entrant status check for any new information regarding your application. Only through the entrant status check you can get to know the date and time of your interview.

You can prepare for the immigrant visa interview on checking the e-mails and reviewing the entrant status check. Everything about your interview and the required documentation will be available in the entrant status check. You will be required to pay a visa fee of $330. Separate fees must be paid for all the eligible dependents.

If the winners of the DV lottery 2013 are found to meet the eligibility requirements, they will be provided with an immigrant visa. They can enter the United States with the immigrant visa which is valid for 6 months. Before the expiry of the visa they can enter the United States and apply for a Green Card in the United States.

Green Card Lottery and Scam

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

There are millions of people who wish to enter and live in the United States, permanently. Getting a Green Card is the one of the most difficult aspects for such people. Many foreign nationals attempt to enter the United States through a lot of ways. Certain people who try to enter the United States as a lawful permanent residents, are at times unable to succeed in winning their American goal.

For such people the Diversity Visa lottery program is said to be a boon. Millions of people across the globe, seek to enter the United States through the Diversity lottery program, with a hope to be selected for an immigrant visa.

The main objective of the DV lottery program is to provide permanent resident status for the people from countries, from where very few people had immigrated to the United States.Certain rules must be followed to participate in this program. This program is also not an open door for the people from every country.

One of the rules associated with the Green Card lottery process is that you must be a citizen of a country which is qualified to enter this program.

This Green Card lottery program increases diversity among the population of America. It also allows the people around the world to fulfill their dreams by granting them permanent resident status in America. This program which is conducted every year, offers 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to the winners.You can enter the DV lottery program free of any charge. Often scam involves where the individuals are asked for a fee to enter the Diversity Visa lottery or the Green Card lottery.

Winning the lottery is based on your luck but there are certain businesses saying that they have special ability to enter the lottery which may increase the applicant’s chance of winning. This is only to steal money by defrauding the applicant. Entries for the Green Card lottery program are available for a limited time and you must apply within the last date.

Do not pay any fee to submit an entry to take part in the DV lottery program. Make sure that you submit only one entry.

The State Department does not notify the winners by mail or by email. From the DV-2012 program, the applicants are responsible to check the application status through the Entrant Status Check, online. Hence, if you receive any notification by mail or e-mail, then you must understand that it has been sent to defraud you. These mails and e-mails are intentionally designed to steal money from victims who are unaware. The senders are often found to use fake e-mail addresses and logos that look more like an official government correspondence.

Hence, to protect yourself from getting deceived, be aware about the Green Card lottery program that is conducted by the US Department of State.

Can All Family Members Submit Separate Entries for Green Card Lottery?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Green Card LotteryThe Green Card Lottery program is the only official program of the US Government which allots 55,000 immigrant visas annually. This program helps people around the world, who are ineligible for visas under other categories such as family based immigration, employment based and refugee or asylum based immigration.

You can participate in the Green Card lottery program by submitting Form DS 5501 online. This is the online Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. Through this program 55,000 visas are made available for people meeting the eligibility requirements. This program selects the applications through a random lottery drawing which is computer generated.

DV lottery program is considered as the only chance of hope, for people who wish to achieve their dream of living in the United States. Luck is the key factor in the selection process.

This official Green Card lottery program benefits 55,000 people as they will be able to live, study and work in the United States along with their families, if selected. Through this program, there are dual chances of married people winning the lottery.

If you are selected, your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years of age are eligible to apply for permanent resident status or Green Card in the United States. This official program will provide permanent resident visas to individuals who meet simple but strict, eligibility requisites. All your family members can submit separate applications, provided they are above the age of 18 and they meet all eligibility requirements to participate in the DV lottery program. No restriction is posed on the number of applications that can be filed by the members of the same family. If you are married, you can file a family application. But still, you and your spouse can file separate applications. By submitting separate applications for you and your spouse; double your chances of winning the lottery. That is because, if either one of you win the lottery, the other will be eligible for the derivative status.
Your spouse and unmarried children, mentioned on your application will be eligible for the derivative status. While submitting separate applications for you and your spouse, you will be the primary applicant in the application that you submit and your spouse will be the primary applicant on the other application.

Though you and your spouse submit separate applications, yours should list your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years of age. This also applies to your spouse, where you and your unmarried children (below 21 years of age) must be listed on the application submitted by your spouse. Separate applications must include separate processing fees for each application. Listing the names of your spouse and children does not mean that they must travel along with you to the United States.

In case of being separated from your spouse legally, you will not be required to list your former spouse on your entry. Your children under the age of 21 who are unmarried can be listed in your application as dependents. Your children must submit separate applications if they are 21 years of age and above, single or married.

Do not fail to list your eligible dependents on your entry in order to avoid disqualification. It is always mandatory to list your dependents, that is, your spouse and children on your entry. If your spouse submits a separate application, it is a compulsory to list all the eligible dependents on that entry.

Participation in this program is open for most individuals world-wide. There are certain regions that are not eligible to participate in this program. If you belong to the region that is ineligible to participate in the Green Card lottery program, then you cannot file an application in the DV lottery program.

This program distributes visas among six geographic regions. It is distributed in such a way that the visas reach regions with lower rates of immigration. It also does not distribute visas to regions from where more than 50,000 individuals have immigrated to the United States over the past 5 years.

This program allows an individual to submit only one application on his behalf as multiple entries by the same person will be rejected and disqualified. If you are not selected for a visa through this program this year, you can always apply for a DV lottery in the next year.

This official program of the US government focuses in diversifying the American population by creating immigration opportunities to people across the globe to live, work and study in the US. After you send your application and after it is accepted you will get a Confirmation number. This unique number which is allotted to you will help you to monitor the status of your application online.

Drop in the Number of Applicants who Entered the DV-2013 Lottery Program

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Diversity Visa lottery is popularly known as Green Card lottery. This is a program which is conducted officially by the American Government. People all over the world are allowed to participate in this program in order to get an immigrant visa. But individuals from certain regions are not eligible to enter this program. The areas that are ineligible to participate in the DV lottery program are the regions that have sent as much as 50,000 immigrants to the US over the past 5 years.

This lottery program is said to offer a quick path to permanent residence in the US. The DV lottery program selects 55, 000 people randomly for permanent residence in the US.

The number of people who entered the DV-2013 lottery program is only 8 million. This is less when compared to that of DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery program. 15 million applicants had entered the program, last year. It is nearly a 50 percent drop in the number of applications this year. This drop is also likely to increase the chances of the 8 million people winning Green Cards.

So far, there is no fee to enter the DV lottery, but it is not going to be the same in the following years. The US Senate has decided to charge a fee to enter the DV-2015 program. The fee amount may be 30 USD. Hence, the number pf people who will enter the Green Card lottery program will still decrease. The US Senate has planned to use this fee to extend the federal benefits to the refugees in the US who are disabled. This fee will also help the expenditure of the program without adding to the US budget.

The reason for drop in the number of applications, this year is mainly because of the South Asian nation Bangladesh. Bangladesh is no longer in the list of countries classified under the low-immigration countries. Hence, people born in Bangladesh were not eligible to take part in the DV-2013 lottery program. For many years people from Bangladesh had been submitting a lot of applications. Out of the 15 million applicants, last year, 7.6 million applicants were from Bangladesh, which accounts to almost half the number of the applications.

Nigeria, Ukraine and Ghana are the three countries that submitted more number of entries this year. The Status information about the selected applicants in the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery program will be available as of May 1, 2012.

Should Family Members Submit Separate Entries for Green Card Lottery?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Green Card Lottery program is the only official program of the US Government which allots 55,000 immigrant visas annually. This program helps people around the world, who are ineligible for visas under other categories such as family based immigration, employment based and refugee or asylum based immigration.

You can participate in the Green Card lottery program by submitting Form DS 5501 online. This is the online Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. Through this program 55,000 visas are made available for people meeting the eligibility requirements. This program selects the applications through a random lottery drawing which is computer generated.

DV lottery program is considered as the only chance of hope, for people who wish to achieve their dream of living in the US. Luck is the key factor in the selection process. This official Green Card lottery program benefits 55,000 people as they will be able to live, study and work in the US along with their families, if selected. Through this program, there are dual chances of married people winning the lottery.

If you are selected, your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years of age are eligible to apply for permanent resident status or Green Card in the US. This official program will provide permanent resident visas to individuals who meet simple but strict, eligibility requisites. All your family members can submit separate applications, provided they are above the age of 18 and they meet all eligibility requirements to participate in the DV lottery program. No restriction is posed on the number of applications that can be filed by the members of the same family. If you are married, you can file a family application. But still, you and your spouse can file separate applications. By submitting separate applications for you and your spouse, double your chances of winning the lottery. That is because, if either one of you win the lottery, the other will be eligible for the derivative status.

Your wife and unmarried children, mentioned on your application will be eligible for the derivative status. While submitting separate applications for you and your spouse, you will be the primary applicant in the application that you submit and your spouse will be the primary applicant on the other application.

Though you and your spouse submit separate applications, your should list your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years of age, on the entry that you submit. This also applies to your spouse, where you and your unmarried children(below 21 years of age) must be listed on the application submitted by your spouse. Separate applications must accompany separate processing fees for each application. Listing the names of your spouse and children does not mean that they must travel along with you to the US.

In case of being separated from your spouse legally, you will not be required to list your former spouse on your entry. Your children under the age of 21 who are unmarried can be listed in your application as dependents. Your children must submit separate applications if they are 21 years of age and above, single or married.

Do not fail to list your eligible dependents on your entry in order to avoid disqualification. It is always mandatory to list your dependents, that is, your spouse and children on your entry. If your spouse submits separate application, it is a compulsory to list all the eligible dependents on her entry.  Applications to this participate in this program is open for all individuals world-wide. But there are certain regions that are not eligible to participate in this program. If you belong to the region that is ineligible to participate in the Green Card lottery program, then you cannot file an application in the DV lottery program.

This program distributes visas among six geographic regions. It is distributed in such a way that the visas reach regions with lower rates of immigration. It also does not distribute visas to regions from where more than 50,000 individuals have immigrated to the US over the past 5 years. This program allows an individual to submit only one application on his behalf as multiple entries by the same person will be rejected and disqualified. If you are not selected for a visa through this program this year, you can always apply for a DV lottery in the next year.

This official program of the US government focuses in diversifying the American population by creating immigration opportunities to people across the globe to live, work and study in the US. After you send your application and after it is accepted you will get a Confirmation number. This unique number allotted to you is the only way through which you can check the status of your application online.


Increase in Mexican Tourists to the United States

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The economy of the US seems to be increasing through tourism. A recent message from the U.S. Commerce Department disclosed that the foreign tourist who come to the US hit a new record. It reached a record of 62 million in the year 2011. The amount that the tourists spend on travel and goods has reached $153 million. It has contributed almost $1.2 trillion to the US economy. Canada ranks first in the tourist markets sending 21 million visitors, followed by Mexico with 13.4 million visitors to the US. Large numbers of tourists from abroad have made the US travel and tourism industry flourish. The President has also indicated that measures to boost tourism in the US will be taken.

There is a lot of evidence that the relationship of US with Mexico along the Southwest border has been helping the economy of America. But the Governor of Arizona, Jan Berwer is not bothered about the increasing tourism from Mexico. The Governor characterizes Mexico as a failed state.

There is an increase in tourism from Mexico every year. Mexico is United States’ third largest partner in trade. It is also the second largest in export market and sends around 13 million tourists each year, to the US. But 53% of Mexico’s population is middle class. It not easy to track Mexican tourists as they use American credit cards and currency. The process of maintaining the security standards and enhancing tourism in America, will be easy if the processing of tourist visa in Mexico is revamped.

Upgrading border infrastructure and investing more in staff will help in operating the the tourists from Mexico, effectively. The ports of entry along the Mexican border also needs to be upgraded, for effective operations related to tourism exports. According to the Governor of Arizona, the state should work with the National government and private business concerns to invest more in the ports of entry’s with Mexico, which in turn will increase legal travel into their state. For the region to prosper, tourism is considered to be a major source of income. Illegal tourism does not make any sense, promoting legal tourism will lead to an increase in revenue. Now the legal immigration of people is based on the concept of the 20th century, which is very difficult, whereas the 21st century model will make the movement of people easier.

Mexico is one of the fastest flourishing economies, it will have more capable citizens who can contribute greatly to the tourism in the United States. Being the 11th largest country in the world and the 12th largest in economy, most Mexicans live close to the United States than any other country across the globe. It would make sense for the US if it expands tourism from Mexico, which is one of the highest priorities of America’s new national tourism scheme.

Green Card Lottery – FAQs

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

1. What does Eligibility, Native and Chargeability mean ?

Your country of eligibility is the same as your country of birth. “Native” simply means a person born in a particular country, regardless of the person’s current country of residence or nationality. For immigration purposes, “native” can also mean a person who is entitled to be “charged” to a country other than the one in which he/she was born.

If you were born in a country that is not eligible for this year’s DV program, you may claim chargeability to the country where your derivative spouse was born. If selected, both of you must enter the US. Similarly, a minor dependent child can be “charged” to a parent’s country of birth. If you were born in a country not eligible to participate in this year’s DV program, you can be “charged” to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither parent was a resident of the ineligible country during your birth.

2. What about the signature and photograph ?

Signatures are not required on the application. Individual photographs of you, your spouse and all children under 21 years of age are needed. Do not submit family or group photographs.

3. Why certain countries do not qualify for the program?

The DV program is intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons from countries other than the countries that send large numbers of immigrants to the US. Per the law, countries from which a total of 50,000 persons in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the US during the previous five years are not eligible for the current year’s program.

4. What is the numerical limit for DV?

Through the program, a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence visas are available. However, the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) stipulates up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program.

5. Can persons in the US apply for the program ?

Yes, the applicant may be in the US or in another country, and the entry may be submitted from the US or from abroad.

6. Can a husband and wife each submit separate applications ?

Yes, a husband and a wife may each submit one entry if each meets the eligibility requirements. If either of them is selected, the other is entitled to derivative status.

7. Should I list all my family members in the application?

You have to list your spouse (husband or wife) and all unmarried children under 21 years of age, with the exception of children who are already US citizens or Legal Permanent Residents. If you are legally separated or divorced, you do not need to list your former spouse. Since you have listed your family members on your application, it does not mean that they must travel with you. They can stay behind.

8. Can some one else file on my behalf ?

You can prepare and submit your own application, or have someone submit it for you. Regardless of who submits, only one entry may be submitted in the name of each person.

9. What are the education and work experience requirements?

Every applicant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.

10. How are successful applicants selected?

At the Kentucky Consular Center, all the applications will be individually numbered. A computer will randomly select entries from among all the entries received for each geographic region. Within each region, the first entry randomly selected will be the first case registered; the second entry selected the second registration, etc. All the applications get an equal chance of being selected.

11. How do I know if I am selected or not?

All entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the status of their entry through the E-DV website. Keep your confirmation number safely from the time of your application until you check the results.

Now that the DV Lottery is Over, What Next?

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Lottery Program ended on Saturday, November 5, 2011. You can expect the results in May 2012. Do not expect the Department of State to notify your results through mail. That option has been scrapped and the only way to check your results is by visiting www.dvlottery.state.gov. Enter your confirmation number that you would have received while applying and personal information in the Entrant Status Check page. As mentioned earlier this is the ONLY option available to know about your selection for DV-2013. Beware of scammers who send emails stating that you have won the lottery. Ignore such emails.

Remember to retain your confirmation number and keep it safe as it is the only resource through which you can check. Also note that the Department of State will not provide your confirmation number if you lose it.

The Selection Process

A computer will select randomly from the valid entries based on the allocations of visas available for each region and country. Once you enter the confirmation number and if you are selected, you will be further taken to a page that will have instructions on further proceedings, including information on the fees connected with immigration to the US you need to submit. It is very important to remember that those selected OR not selected in the random selection will NOT be notified of their results by e-mail.

You cannot contact the US Embassy or Consulate to get the list of winners. If you are selected, your spouse and all unmarried children (below 21 years old) can also apply for visas to accompany or follow-to-join. Visas for DV-2013 program will be issued from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Processing of entries and issuing DVs to those selected and who meet the eligibility requirements and their eligible family members should be completed by midnight, September 30, 2013. No DVs will be issued after this date. Adding to this, family members cannot obtain DVs to follow-to-join in the US after this date.

To get a DV to immigrate to the US, those selected have to satisfy ALL eligibility requirements under US law. You will be strictly informed not to proceed further if you do not satisfy the eligibility requirements. Those selected in DV-2013 who are living in the US will be able to adjust their status to permanent residence (green card) by filing Form I-485 with the USCIS after their case numbers become current in any given month. The next DV lottery program is the DV-2014 and will start accepting online entries in the year 2012 for the fiscal year 2014. You can approximately expect a month to be available for you to download the application form and to fill and submit it.

DV Lottery and the US Department of State

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The Diversity Lottery program is a lottery run by the U.S. Department of State every year. Annually, the DV lottery offers up to 55,000 permanent resident visas to randomly selected applicants from qualifying countries. The lottery program happens once a year, normally in October, and eligible applicants are randomly chosen by a computer.

Kentucky Consular Center in the DV Lottery Process

The DV lottery program is administered directly from the U.S. Department of State Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The Kentucky center was established in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State to take over the DV lottery program administration from the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. KCC has extended its fine tradition of quality service to all applicants of the DV Lottery program.

It is very important to remember that the Department of State has only one Kentucky Consular Center. Other organizations using similar names are in no way connected to the Department of State or KCC. There is no submission fee or application fee charged by the Department or KCC for the lottery program. A processing fee is only charged when a winning lottery entrant applies for the Diversity visa. During the visa application time at a U.S. consular office in the applicant’s country, each applicant (the DV entrant and any accompanying family members) will be charged a DV processing fee and an immigrant visa fee. Both these fees are non-refundable even if the visa is refused. If the visa is granted, a separate visa issuance fee is then charged for each visa.

Off late, there has been instances of fraudulent emails sent to DV applicants. The Department of State advises the public of a notable increase in such fraudulent emails and letters sent to DV program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose themselves as the U.S. government with a motive to extract money from DV applicants. All applicants are advised to be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Applicants should be aware of what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.

All DV-2012 applicants must check their status online to know if selected or not. No applicant will receive a notification letter from the US government. DV Entry Status Check will only be provided through the Department of State online site, http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. The Kentucky Consular Center has decided that they will no longer mail notification letters to DV lottery winners. Those selected are NOT notified of their selection by email.

Successful DV Lottery Entrants

If you have been selected for further processing in the Diversity Visa program, after you receive instructions, you will have to prove your eligibility for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing the next steps. You will need to complete the immigrant visa application, submit required documents and forms, pay appropriate fees, complete a medical examination, and be interviewed by a consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate to demonstrate you qualify for a diversity visa, when requested to do so by the Kentucky Consular Center.

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