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Has The U.S. Green Card Lottery Run Out Of Luck?

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

WASHINGTON -- Each year around this time, millions of would-be immigrants to the United States from around the world hold their breath. Early May is when the U.S. State Department releases its shortlist of applicants to the annual green-card lottery. About half of them -- 55,000 people -- will receive permanent-residence visas, the tickets to eventual citizenship.

This year, like any other, Internet forums on U.S. immigration, such as the Russian-language "Govorim Pro Ameriku" (Talking About America), are abuzz with posts from lottery hopefuls. The program has received well over 10 million applicants from the former Soviet Union since its inception.

Some express joy at making the first cut, while those not chosen consider trying their luck next year.

This time, however, there may not be a next year. The forums are abuzz about that possibility, too.

The green-card lottery, officially known as the Diversity Visa Program, has become collateral in deal-making between Democrat and Republican lawmakers as they attempt a massive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.

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Has The U.S. Green Card Lottery Run Out Of Luck?

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