'Winner' of the Diversity Visa Program: A Fairy Tale for Many

'Winner' of the Diversity Visa Program: A Fairy Tale for Many

"On May 1, 2014 the U.S. Department of State announced the winners of the 2015 Diversity Visa program (DV-2015). Over 100,000 eager U.S. immigrants were selected and these “winners” will have an opportunity to have their fairy tale come true – a chance to obtain a green card.

However, being selected for the diversity immigrant visa program is not the fairy tale many “winners” expect it to be.  It is not a ticket to a guaranteed green card.  In reality, it is a ticket to yet another more rigid lottery.  Unfortunately, only 50,000 immigrant visas are allotted to the diversity lottery “winners” and their accompanying family members.  As a result less than half of the 100,000 “winners” will actually be issued green cards, leaving thousands massively disappointed." - Vanessa Sanchez, Bernard Wolfsdorf and Naveen Bhora, May 5, 2014.