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DV-Program registration begins October 1 and ends November 2 announces start and end dates of DV-2015 diversity visa lottery program registration

Online PR News – 30-September-2013 – October 1 marks the beginning of the 30-day registration period for
the annual Diversity Visa (green card) Lottery. This program was sponsored by the late Senator Edward
Kennedy under section 203 (c) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1990 to help even out the
proportions of immigrants from different European countries which, at the time, were viewed as skewed in
favor of immigrants from Latin America and Asia. But is this a program whose time has come and gone?

To meet the diversity goal, any country that has admitted over 50,000 immigrants into the U.S. in the last five
years is not eligible for the Diversity Visa Program. This currently excludes citizens of countries such as
Mexico, Canada, mainland China, and about a dozen other countries and islands that are part of the United
Kingdom. Because of the rolling 50,000 limit, countries can come and go from the “visa-eligible” list. For
example, Poland is now eligible again after being eliminated in 2007, and Nigeria was eliminated for this
year’s lottery.

"Although entering the lottery is free at the official U.S. government website, using an ethical, fee-based
lottery service represents a viable choice for many applicants who need or just want the peace of mind
knowing they have help throughout the process from registering to finding an immigration attorney if they
win," said Holger Zimmerman, President of the American Dream at

There are significant number of cases where highly educated applicants fail to read or understand
government instructions and do not receive a green card due to avoidable mistakes throughout the process.

The lottery is extremely popular because it does not depend on sponsorship by an employer or a close
relative, so it represents a short cut to receive Lawful Permanent Resident status (aka a “green card”), and 5
years later the possibility of full U.S. Citizenship.

Of the millions who apply each October via the U.S. State Department website, 100,000 are selected

randomly by computer for interviews and background checks either at a U.S. Consulate abroad or at a local
USCIS office in the United States. Winners verify their winning status online starting May 1 of the following
year after they apply. However, winning is certainly no guarantee of getting a visa.

This past year Senate Bill S.744 ended the program as part of the proposed immigration reform compromise,
favoring instead a system that admits more skills-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
applicants versus a system based on diversity.

But, according to J. Stephen Wilson, Founder of, "The 2013 green card lottery was saved
by congressional inaction, thanks in part to the crisis in Syria, and then the budget impasse, but particularly
by House Republicans who continue to threaten to derail reform altogether by piecemeal inaction."

Assuming the House of Representatives passes comprehensive immigration reform this fall or early next
year, 2013 will be the final year of the lottery and terminate one of the many legislative legacies of the
Edward Kennedy.

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