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No More Green Card Lottery, This Year Marks the End of the Program

Less than 24 hours after Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbek, drove a rented truck along a bike path in New York City, killing eight people and injuring over a dozen more, President Donald Trump blamed what he called the “Green Card Lottery” system that allowed Saipov into the country. The incident occurred on October 31 and, on November 1, United States officials announced that Saipov had been admitted to the country on what is officially known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. President Trump said that his administration was fighting for a merit-based system.

What Is the Green Card Lottery System?

In an effort to promote immigration from various areas of the world, the Diversity Visa Lottery Program provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas to countries with low immigration rates into the United States. The program is administered by the United States Department of State. In order to qualify for the lottery, an immigrant must be a native of a qualifying country, hold the equivalent of a United States high school diploma or worked in a qualifying industry for at least two years over the past five years. Applicants must also undergo a vetting process similar to those subjected to all visa applicants.

No More Green Card Lottery, This Year Marks the End of the Program
 

Schumer Involvement

President Trump also called out Senator Chuck Schumer, blaming the Senator for his role in helping to craft the law. The law was passed under the Immigration Act of 1990 and signed into law by George H.W. Bush. At the time of its passage, Senator Schumer was a member of the House of Representatives and he helped shape the program. However, since he has been in the Senate, Senator Schumer has supported an end to the program and co-authored legislation in 2013 that would have accomplished that goal. The same bill included language that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants and President Trump has strongly opposed the passage of the law.

 

Merit-Based Immigration

President Trump stated that he wanted to end the Diversity Visa program and replace it with a Merit-Based program. This version of immigration is part of the Raise Act, co-sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. President Trump endorses the legislation which would eliminate the Diversity Visa program and cut legal immigration by half. Instead of the lottery-based system, visas would be issued on a merit-based points system. Family connections would not have a bearing on the points system. Instead, points would be awarded based on high-paying job offers, past achievements, the ability to speak English and education levels. The program is similar to what is used in Canada and Australia.

 

Family-Based Immigration

Currently, the United States immigration system is based on sponsorship. A U.S. citizen or green card holder can sponsor relatives from their home country, allowing them to move to the United States. Spouses and minor children do not need to wait for a visa number and may qualify for an immediate visa. For adult children or other relatives, however, the process is more complicated. If the relative is coming from an area with a high number of immigrants, the wait can be as long as 20 years. In 2015, one million permanent residents were admitted and 44 percent of them were immediate relatives while 20 percent entered the country through family-sponsored visas.

President Trump has vowed that the green card lottery system will end this year but has not announced whether it will be replaced with a new visa program. His administration hopes to implement a merit-based program at the same time the current system is canceled.

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Trump Diversity Visa Lottery

One day after the deadly terrorist attack on a New York bicycle path, President Trump blames the Diversity Visa Lottery for allowing the suspect to enter the country.

On Tuesday a pickup truck plowed down a crowded Manhattan bike path, killing eight people and injuring 11. The suspect, Uzbekistani immigrant Sayfullo Saipov, immigrated to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Lottery, commonly called the Green Card Lottery. The following morning, Trump called for the program to be canceled.

“We have to get much tougher,” the president told reporters. “We have to get much smarter. And we have to get much less politically correct. We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything.”

Trump has been vying for tougher immigrant vetting since his campaign and has sought to ban immigration from select Muslim countries. Uzbekistan is a predominantly Muslim country located in Central Asia.

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What Is Trump’s Immigration Platform?

Trump has clear messages on immigration: stricter vetting, stronger borders and merit-based immigration. When he signed the Muslim travel ban in January he did it as a temporary measure until “extreme vetting” procedures could be implemented. Look no further for stronger borders than the Mexican wall.

In August, Trump supported legislation that would cut legal immigration to the United States by half. The RAISE Act would do this by decreasing the number of family-based visas allotted each year and getting rid of the Diversity Visa Lottery. As a whole, the plan would move the immigration system from largely family-based to merit-based.

What Is the Diversity Visa Lottery?

The Diversity Visa Program issues up to 50,000 visas annually to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration. Unlike other green card programs, applicants do not need to have a relative in the U.S. or a high-skilled occupation. The aim of the program is to “mix up the nation’s melting pot.”

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Green Card Lottery Plusses

The Green Card Lottery is a very popular program for many reasons. Every year 50,000 people win green cards in the program and millions actually register for the program.

However, people sometimes wonder what it is that sets the Green Card Lottery ahead of all of the other immigration programs provided by the United States government.

Below we’ll elaborate on some of the more obvious reasons:

No Family Ties? No Problem!

A lot of immigration to the United States is based on family members. Foreign residents who have relatives who are permanent residents or citizens in the U.S. can have those relatives sponsor their immigration into the country.

However, if you don’t have any relatives in the U.S., you’re denied a large chunk of the available visas during the year.

Employment Immigration

There are some immigration categories that are reserved for people to immigrate for economic reasons. If they can find a job in the United States, they can immigrate.

The problem with these categories is that the U.S. government rigorously examines an immigrant’s case before they can come into the U.S. to work.

Immigrants effectively have to show that there is no one in the entire population of the United States who can do the job they are offering to do.

This is an extremely difficult thing to prove and is largely impossible for most people unless they have very specific and highly specialized skills.

Diversity in Immigration

Here we have reached the crux of the benefits of the Green Card Lottery.

By letting pretty much anyone register for the program they aren’t discriminating against immigrants by requiring them to have a certain status or a certain grade of education.

The Green Card Lottery is a program truly founded in equality as the United States was.

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Green Card Lottery Regions

The Green Card Lottery is a popular immigration program that issues immigration visas to people all over the world for the purpose of increasing the diversity of U.S. immigration numbers.

Applicants are supposed to register during the designated registration period (between October 1 and November 2 for 2013) and then if they are winners of the lottery they get a chance to apply for an immigration visa.

The program is particularly popular because of the relatively few requirements of entry. Many people cannot immigrate to the United States unless they already have family there or can secure a job (a difficult proposition) and the Green Card Lottery Requires neither.

The Green Card Lottery divides all the recognized countries of the world into several regions of which the winners are selected.

Africa

Most of Africa remains eligible for entry into the Green Card Lottery. While there are many people from the continent who apply every year, there are also many fraudulent claims which reduces the number of winners.

In the 2015 Green Card Lottery Nigeria has been excluded because it exceeded its immigration quota.

Asia

The countries of Asia that are not included in this Green Card Lottery are Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam.

However, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, though technically part of China, remain eligible for the Green Card Lottery.

Europe

There is only one European country that cannot participate in the Green Card Lottery and that is the United Kingdom. This includes all of its dependent territories except for North Ireland.

North America

North America only has one qualified nation for the Green Card Lottery: the Bahamas.

Oceania

All nations located within Oceania remain eligible.

South America, Central America and the Caribbean

The following countries from this region are excluded from the lottery: Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru.

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November 2 Last Day to Register for DV 2015

The Green Card Lottery is an excellent program available for potential immigrants to come to the United States, but it won’t be any help to you at all if you don’t apply within the registration window!

There is only a certain time of the year in which applicants can submit their information to the Department of State for consideration in the Green Card Lottery. This is called the registration period.

The registration period for DV 2015 is from October 1, 2013 to November 2, 2013 at 12 pm EST. It is very important to note that the registration period ends in the middle of the day.

Also note that the Green Card Lottery’s official name includes the year in which the immigration visas are issued. For the DV 2015, the registration period is in 2013 and the immigration visas are issued in 2015.

Applicants who want to enter this year’s lottery must have their applications in on time. Fortunately there are still a few days left in which you can assemble your information and apply.

Application for the Green Card Lottery is a careful process as each applicant is allowed only one chance to file correctly. Any mistakes or an incomplete applications will likely result in one’s exclusion from the program. The State Department also disqualifies anyone who attempts to apply more than once.

Once you are done with your application you will be presented with a confirmation window. Here you will be given a confirmation number. It is important to keep this number safe as it is necessary for checking one’s application status on May 1, 2013.

The DV 2015 may, unfortunately, turn out to be the last Green Card Lottery, so it is more important now than ever that you apply immediately and correctly!

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Green Card Lottery Is Coming to a Close

The Green Card Lottery, a diversity immigration program that was started in the 1990s, may be phased out completely over the next year to make room for other immigration programs.

This year’s Green Card Lottery registration period ends on November 2 and the immigration visas for this lottery will be distributed in 2014 and 2015 after the winners of the lottery have been selected and eligible applicants have been accepted.

The United States Congress has been recently discussing the potential closing of the Green Card Lottery in favor of assigning the green cards that would go to diversity to a more merit based program. Specifically, they are thinking about giving these green cards to graduates in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

The logic behind this idea is that by encouraging educated people (in fields that are perceived to be in demand) to come to the United States, America will become stronger economically.

People who oppose the change site that the new program doesn’t have the same sort of spirit that the United States has promoted for so long.

Traditionally, the United States has been seen as a land of opportunity. Somewhere where people with nothing can come and build themselves up and improve their lives. The so-called STEM programs expect immigrants to come to the United States already improved.

Regardless of the political thoughts surrounding the Green Card Lottery, the registration period does end soon and people who wish to enter the program must apply during this registration period to be entered into the Green Card Lottery.

As this season could be the last, it would behoove you to enter into the program as soon as possible!

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10 Days Left for the Green Card Lottery

The Green Card Lottery will end on November 2, 2013 at precisely 12 pm Eastern Standard Time. People hoping to participate in this incredibly popular immigration program will have to wait until next year to apply again if they do not in the next ten days.

However, 2013 may turn out to be the last year in which people can register for the Green Card Lottery.

Congress has become increasingly vocal about ending the Green Card Lottery in the past year.

Some legislators have come to view the Green Card Lottery as being a pathway for immigration fraudsters to enter the U.S. and disrupt the immigration system. Others believe that these green cards would be better invested in highly educated people.

This is, of course, against the original spirit of the Green Card Lottery, which was established in the 90s to provide people with a way to come into the U.S. regardless of their socio-economic place in the world.

With the Green Card Lottery, an immigrant didn’t need to secure a job before coming to the United States and nor did they need already well-established family members in the country.

Hopeful immigrants from all over the world could apply to come to the United States to try their hand in the land of the free just by dint of their desire.

The Green Card Lottery is a program that gives a person a chance to apply for an immigration visa to the United States. The U.S. State Department, the organization responsible for running the lottery, considers an application a form of immigration petition.

Applicants should be careful when applying for the lottery because they will only be given one chance to apply correctly. It is recommended that Green Card Lottery hopefuls research the program well before applying.

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2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Results for Africa

The winners for the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery were selected between May 2011 and September of 2011, when the statistics for the winners were announced.

These winners are not necessarily automatically granted a green card, rather they will have a chance to file for an immigration visa until the end of 2012.

Africa garnered a large number of wins for the DV-2012 and it is likely that Africans will be well represented in the issuance of green cards.

Here are some highlights of the winner selection:

  • The country which received the highest number of wins in all of Africa was Nigeria with 6,024.
  • The runners up were, in order, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt. Together, these five countries took more than half of the total number of green cards won in the continent of Africa.
  • Sao Tome and Principe and Swaziland garnered no wins whatsoever during this green card.
  • Africa ended up receiving about half of the total number of Green Card Lottery wins in the entire world.
  • Africa received 50,000 Green Card Lottery wins during this year.

Below is a table of the eligible African countries in the Green Card Lottery and their respective lottery-win numbers:

Country

#

Country

#

Nigeria

6,024

Gambia

113

Ghana

5,832

Tunisia

113

Ethiopia

4,902

Congo

105

Kenya

4,720

Zambia

79

Egypt

4,664

Mali

76

Democratic Republic of   the Congo

3,445

Mauritius

59

Sierra Leone

3,397

Burundi

56

Cameroon

3,374

Gabon

48

Liberia

2,101

Angola

42

Morocco

1,890

Djibouti

38

Algeria

1,799

Chad

33

Guinea

899

Niger

32

Togo

845

Mauritania

29

South Africa

833

Madagascar

17

Sudan

757

Malawi

16

Eritrea

670

Mozambique

13

Cote D’Ivoire

553

Namibia

10

Benin

511

Cape Verde

9

Uganda

418

Comoros

9

Rwanda

333

Lesotho

8

Senegal

270

Botswana

7

Burkina Faso

226

Seychelles

6

Somalia

175

Equatorial Guinea

4

Tanzania

175

Central African Republic

3

Libya

136

Guinea-Bissau

3

Zimbabwe

123

Sao Tome and Principe

0

Swaziland

0

 

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The Selection of Winners of the Green Card Lottery

The Green Card Lottery is an annual immigration program that gives 50,000 immigration visas to lucky winners every year. The program is mandated by Congress and overseen by the U.S. State Department.

You have your chance to enter in the Green Card Lottery right now up until November 2, 2013! Register today and you could be a winner in 2014!

Many applicants for the Green Card Lottery want to know how the winners are accepted. The State Department takes many measures to make sure that the resulting winners of the lottery represent a fair cross section of international green card holder hopefuls.

Lottery registrants find out if they have won or not by checking their status. The first time that they will be able to do this for DV 2015 (the Green Card Lottery that is currently registering people) is on May 1, 2014. Folks who registered for this lottery will no longer be able to check their status on June 30, 2015. In fact, after December 31, 2013, no more green cards will be given out for this particular lottery.

The world is divided into several regions, regardless of which countries are not eligible for the Green Card Lottery. No one of these regions are allowed more than their fair share of green cards.

Each country also has a maximum number of green cards that can be granted to its residents.

After a winner has checked their status, they can then proceed in applying for an immigration visa. If that application is successful they will then be able to apply for entry at a U.S. port-of-entry.

After entering the United States with an immigration visa, winners will then be mailed their green cards!

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Green Card Advantages

The Green Card Lottery is one of the best ways to get a Green Card (permanent resident card) in the United States. The registration period ends on November 2, 2013, so register today!

Below are just a sampling of the advantages that you will receive with a Green Card.

You Can Work

Green card holders can use their green cards as proof of their right to work in the U.S.

You Can Go to School

The U.S is full of great schools and if you can get accepted you can go to school with your green card!

You Can Travel Freely

The United States is a very large country with a great diversity of geographies and peoples. You can live literally anywhere you want to.

Permanent residents can also travel abroad and return to the U.S. easily after short trips.

Green Cards Are Permanent

Once you become a permanent resident, your status doesn’t change. However, your green card will expire after ten years, in which case you simply renew the card so that you can have current identification.

You Can Apply for Benefits

Permanent residents have access to many of the same social programs available to citizens in the United States. This includes social security and the Affordable Care Act.

You Can Apply for Your Relatives’ Immigration

Permanent residents can apply for sponsorship with the USCIS where they can help their close relatives immigrate to the United States.

This process can be somewhat lengthy sometimes and it is often more convenient for immigrants to wait until they become citizens before they apply for their relatives’ immigration.

You Can Apply for Citizenship

After meeting residency requirements permanent residents can apply for citizenship. The advantages of citizenship are that you cannot be deported and you can vote in federal elections among other benefits.

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