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DV Lottery 2012 results declared void,

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by YoungCorporate, May 15, 2011.

  1. YoungCorporate

    YoungCorporate JF-Expert Member

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    for DV lottery followers, if u check ur status on 1st week of may and find urself won/lost the lottery u've 2nd chance as the state dprtmnt has just declared tht the results are void due to computer program error. The new results will be out on July 15...too sad for us who won in the 1st place...could this linked to death of osama in any way???? For more info pls visit www.dvlottery.state.gov
  2. Kang

    Kang JF-Expert Member

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    Duh kulikuwa na watu kama wawili wamepata humu JF, poleni sana!
  3. TANMO

    TANMO JF-Expert Member

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    Kama ipo ipo tu wakuu, msijali sana. Good luck...
  4. truddy

    truddy Senior Member

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    State Department officials said Friday that a computer glitch is forcing them to scrap the results of an annual worldwide lottery for U.S. immigrant visas, meaning tens of thousands of people who thought they were one step closer to legally moving to the United States are out of luck, at least for now.

    More than 14 million applicants entered a lottery last fall for one of 50,000 visas distributed as part of the annual Diversity Visa Lottery, designed for people who would otherwise have little chance of legally entering the country. The program doesn’t require applicants to have a family or employer sponsor

    Each year, the State Department selects about 90,000 applicants and trims the list down to 50,000 through an extensive series of interviews, background checks and medical exams.

    The lottery has been conducted by computer since its inception in 1994, according to State Department officials.

    David Donahue, deputy assistant secretary of state for visa services, said Friday that a computer glitch discovered Thursday prompted the computer program to unfairly select people who submitted applications in the first two days of the 30-day application process, which ended Nov. 3. Applicants began checking for the results of the lottery last week.
    “These results are not valid because they did not represent a fair, random selection of the entrants as required by U.S. law,” Donahue said in a video statement posted on the State Department Web site. “We sincerely regret any inconvenience or disappointment this might have caused.”

    An in-house software coding error caused the glitch and has been fixed, according to officials who were not authorized to speak on the record.

    The State Department will hold a new lottery with the existing pool of applicants and announce the winners by July 15, Donahue said. Applicants do not need to reenter to be eligible, and no new applications will be accepted.

    Winners of the erroneous lottery who aren’t selected again will be able to reapply next fall or in subsequent years, officials said.

    Robert P. Deasy, director of liaison and information with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the news would understandably disappoint would-be immigrants.

    “It’s good that it was caught early, rather than further into the process, where more of the steps to emigrate to the United States would have been taken – resigning work, selling property, changing plans, building up hopes,” Deasy said.

    Congress established the lottery program to attract people from countries with lower rates of immigration to the United States. Immigrants from countries with higher rates of U.S. immigration — including China, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Mexico — are not eligible for the program.

    Source: State Department computer error halts immigration lottery - The Washington Post
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    Son of Alaska JF-Expert Member

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    Hapa i can imagine,the shock after seeing your name,only to be told it was a mistake
  6. YoungCorporate

    YoungCorporate JF-Expert Member

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    it is really disappointing, imagine u've already proceeded with next step. U hassled filling the forms sent the forms to Kentucky and the courier sent you delivery proof notification. Your hope are very high you are waiting for interview, only to get this msg tht the process was erroneous, gosh. Anyway lets wait for what they call fair results....