New reports indicate that as many as 50,000 foreigners have received permanent green cards via the much-maligned “Diversity Visa Lottery” program.
The program has frequently been mentioned with disdain by President Trump, who has vowed to end the controversial drawing and replace it with a merit based system.
Since its inception in the 1990’s, the Diversity Visa Lottery program has awarded randomized, permanent citizenship to applicants, and has drawn frequent condemnation from conservatives and immigration hardliners who cite abuse of the system.
From The Miami Herald:
The waiting is over for foreigners who applied to immigrate to the United States through the visa lottery.
After holding the randomized computer drawing, the U.S. State Department has announced the winners for Fiscal Year 2020 of the Diversity Visa Program, which hands out 50,000 permanent resident cards, known as green cards, each year, despite President Donald Trump’s promise to end it.
Participants in the DV-2020 lottery can go to the Entrant Status Check page on the internet to learn if they won, using the confirmation number issued to them when they registered for the drawing.
That has been difficult so far, because the sudden wave of visa hopefuls checking on their entries has crashed the web page several times since Wednesday, the State Department reported.
The lottery is one of the most popular visa programs for foreigners who lack sponsors in the United States and want to immigrate here legally. But President Trump has assailed the program, saying that the “worst of the worst” are selected in the cost-free process.
For visa lottery winners who already live in the United States in a non-immigrant or other legal status, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will process adjustment of status applications. The first step to obtain a green card under the Diversity Visa Program is to file Form I-485 and the supporting evidence.All the diversity visas raffled this year, including those for family members, must be issued no later than Sept. 30, 2020. Otherwise the winners will lose the right to obtain a green card.