The Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card lottery) results for 2012 were briefly posted, and have since been voided by the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs which administers the program.
Notices were posted in the first week of May informing applicants to the 2012 Diversity Lottery that they had either been selected or denied, but a later notice stated that this selection was made in error, that the drawing had not been done fairly and in accordance with the program policies, and that all results were rescinded and void.
In a statement posted to the Entrant Status Check site blames these errors on a computer error which selected 90% of the entrants from the first two days of the application process. The Diversity Lottery selection process is meant to be fair and random, so these computer errors were anything but fair or random.
The DV Lottery was not cancelled, as it will be re-run, and applicants selected and notified again.
So now, no applicants have been selected, and the entire selection process will be repeated, but if you have already submitted your application – you will still be considered for selection.
The Diversity Lottery is only one avenue for getting a green card, as the US Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) manages other programs for people to get a green card because of family, job, refugee, or asylum circumstances.
The Electronic Diversity Visa Entrant Status Check site at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ is the only means for notification of applicants whether their DV Lottery application was approved, so there is a lot of confusion and sadness on the part of applicants who were told that they were approved, but their status now is unapproved.
Approximately 22,000 applicants were told that they were selected, out of a pool of approximately 15 million people who applied.
Resources and Links
- US State Department Statement About Rescinded Results
- US State Department Info Page About Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program
- Electronic Diversity Visa Entrant Status Check
- USCIS Information about Green Cards
- CNN News Story