May 15, 2011 by staff
A notice posted on the site of the Diversity Visa Lottery said Friday that the results published in the May firstweek were published in error and invalid.
“The results were invalid because they represent a fair selection at random of the participants, as required by U.S. law,” said the announcement.
Participants are advised to check the website during the first week of May and found a notice that had been selected for further processing or a notice of non-selection, to ignore the notification.
The notice said a new selection process would be conducted on the basis of the original entries for the 2012 program.
He added that the results of the new selection process will be available on the website on 15 July.
In a video message, David Donahue, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services explained that due to computer programming error, 90 percent of the winners were selected from the first two days of applications and not the whole lot applications through the registration of 30-day period.
In the framework of the Diversity Immigrant Visa, the U.S. government provides some 50,000 visas each year through a random selection of people who come from countries with low immigration rates to the U.S.
U.S. media reported that some 19,600,000 people had applied for visa lottery in 2012, hoping to have the opportunity to migrate without having a family member or employer sponsor them.
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