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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diversity_Immigrant_Visa

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 55,000[1] permanent resident visas annually to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of immigration to the United States.

Distribution and lottery process

The visas are distributed on a regional basis, with each region sending fewer immigrants to the US in the previous 5 years receiving more diversity visas. Currently, Africa and Europe receive about 80% of the visas in the lottery.[5] In addition, no single country can receive more than 7% of the total number of visas (3,500).

In order to allow for those who do not pursue immigrant visas, and for the applicants who do not qualify, more 'winners' are selected in the lottery than there are visas available. Hence being selected from the lottery does not guarantee an immigrant visa to the U.S. To receive a diversity visa and immigrate to the United States, 'winners' must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law to qualify, and must be interviewed before the 50,000 green cards are distributed. Requirements include at least a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years training.

Over 13.6 million applications for the 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2010) were submitted — an increase of 4.5 million, or 50%, from the 9.1 million applications submitted in the 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2009).[6]

Starting with the DV-2008, several questions and options for answers have been added. Applicants are now required to provide information, such as the country where they currently live and their highest level of education achieved, in the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form). The open registration period for the lottery was restored from 60 days to 30 days beginning with the calendar year 2010 diversity visa lottery (DV-2012).

Legal status

In December 2005, the United States House of Representatives voted 273-148 to add an amendment to the border enforcement bill H.R. 4437 abolishing the DV. Opponents of the lottery said it was susceptible to fraud and was a way for terrorists to enter the country. The Senate never passed the bill.

Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, an immigrant from Egypt, a country not on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, was among the beneficiaries of the program.[9] 2007 GAO report stated: “In 2003, State’s Inspector General raised concerns that aliens from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism can apply for diversity visas. Nearly 9,800 persons from these countries have obtained permanent residency in the United States through the program. We found no documented evidence that DV immigrants from these, or other, countries posed a terrorist or other threat.” [10] Immigrants coming to the United States in the other LPR visa categories are not restricted if they come from these same countries and ... background checks for national security risks are performed on all prospective immigrants seeking to come to the United States [11]

In March 2007, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 1430, which would eliminate the diversity visa program. In June 2007, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2764 to eliminate funding for the program, and the Senate did likewise in September.[12] However, the final version of this bill with amendments, signed into law on December 26, 2007, did not include the removal of funds for the program. Several attempts have been made over the last several years to eliminate the lottery. Although H.R. 2764 was an appropriation bill and could only cut funds for the lottery during one fiscal year, this was the first time that both the House and the Senate passed a bill to halt the diversity visa program.H.R. 2764

Rep. Goodlatte reintroduced his Security and Fairness Enhancement for America Act (formerly H.R. 1430, now H.R. 2305) on May 7, 2009. The bill would have amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program completely, but did not pass.

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) introduced the Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2009 (H.R. 264) on January 7, 2009. The bill would have doubled the number of diversity visas available to 110,000 yearly. The bill did not pass.....snip~


Here is some more BS with Immigration. A Lottery ??? Seriously, giving permanent resident status. No background checks or any info other than the applicants registration form. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? 55k Every year! Current this year Nigeris is leading the way with over a million applicants then Guam. Nigeria has Muslims killing Christians and all they need do is get their lottery ticket. The charts and numbers are ridicuolous in looking into any of the links on the net.

Of course Obama does not want no immigration issues to deal with. But take a look at MS Lee. The Dem in Texas. She wanted to double the numbers and in Texas. WTF is that about? Why aren't those Dems questioning that themselves. Then to top it off Congress doesnt stop the funding? Where is the money going if the program was slated to be stopped per the House and Senate passing the measure? Who is getting thsi money?   


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Re: The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program : AKA- The Green Card Lottery.....
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2011, 12:38:36 PM »
I didn't read all that but lottery seems like the fairest system. You can't do background checks on people from countries that don't keep records. We don't know who these guys are so don't assume they are terrorists
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Re: The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program : AKA- The Green Card Lottery.....
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2011, 01:32:16 PM »
Oh, no! We don't have enough goat herders from Pakigiwiristan!  :o This when we should be severely limiting immigration.  ::)
« Last Edit: November 12, 2011, 01:33:56 PM by Mister D »
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Re: The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program : AKA- The Green Card Lottery.....
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2011, 06:48:47 PM »
Plus it was agreed upon by House and Senate to end the program. So why hasnt the funding stopped? Where is the Watchdog on this eh?
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