2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Do-Over

Posted May 25, 2011 in Immigration by Arthur Buono

The State Department announced Monday it had thrown out the previously announced results of its Diversity Visa Lottery Program. A computer error screwed up the random selection process. A new selection will be made, with results announced around July 15th this year.

     
  • Software error invalidates previously announced results
  • No new submissions required or accepted
  • Program issues visas to persons from countries with low immigration rates
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Software Glitch Means New Selection Process for 2012

So if you were selected for further processing, tough luck. If you were not, you’ve got a second chance. If you submitted a qualified entry for the lottery from October 5, 2010 to November 3, 2010, your entry remains valid. You don’t have to do anything more. You remain eligible for the lottery for the 2012 drawing.

The Diversity Visa Lottery Program is a system for granting about 55,000 visas annually to persons from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the US. As the name implies, the visas are granted on a random basis via a lottery system. There are however strict eligibility rules beyond hailing from a country with low US immigration.

Applicants must qualify based on education, work, and other factors. To be eligible, an applicant must have:

  • A high school education or its equivalent; or
  • Two years of experience within the past five years in a qualifying job requiring at least two years’ training or experience

To find out what occupations qualify for the program check out the List of Occupations and the searchable database it links to.

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