Anything For A Green Card
Published: June 8, 2012
Anything For A Green Card, May 1 is a date that many people wait for all year: it is the day the green card lottery results come out. There is an average of15 million people that sign up for the lottery, but only 50,000 win it (which puts the odds at 300 to 1). There is a very low chance of winning, but people hold onto their hopes until the last minute.
Although normally the lottery is once a year, last year it took place twice. The first one was on the normally scheduled date, but after the results came out, they were quickly cancelled. Imagine the disillusion and disappointment of the 50,000 original winners suddenly told that their win was invalid.
Some even tried to file a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department. The original 15 million losers had, once again, their hopes up, thanks to this unexpected extra second chance.
Why was the first round canceled? The official statement was that, due to a computer programming problem the results were not valid because they did not represent a fair, random selection of entrants as required by the U.S. law. They statement added more details to the explanation explaining that, “a computer programming error caused more than 90% of the people selected come from the first two days of the registration period”. They really spotted the problem.
I need to interrupt this story in order to get my point across. I have a brother, who for as long as I can remember has always wanted to live in America. For sometime now, he has wanted to join the U.S. military. I must admit, he is quite a handsome guy, he is becoming a pilot, and speaks fluent English. He applied for the green card lottery of 2011-2012.
The green card application form asks you whether you have a high school diploma, college degree, or job experience of at least two years. Any of these three makes you eligible for the card. The application does not ask you if you have any other kind of diploma or license, like a piloting licence. My brother could only check the box for a high school diploma, the application gave him no other choice. (PolicyMic)
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