An Immigration Lottery Won, Then Dreams Lost

"Earlier this year, the United States State Department notified some 22,000 applicants from around the world that they were among the winners of its lottery drawing for a permanent resident visa, known as a green card. A few days later, however, the State Department changed course, saying the winners were not winners after all because the required random-selection process had been done improperly. The dreams of applicants from Venezuela to Egypt and Uzbekistan to Fiji were dashed. Months later, that disappointment continues. Two would-be winners, each from Russia, talk about what it was like to have won ? and then lost." NYT, Sept. 10, 2011.

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