WSJ.com. interviews green card lottery 2012 winners

WSJ.com. interviews green card lottery 2012 winners


Reporter: This is Anna Demidchik – a 27 year old law student from Russia. For several years – she submitted an entry – to the green card lottery – that could give her permanent residency in the United States. In early May, she got the news – she’d been hoping for. Anna: There was this winning notification – saying..congratulations! …please get your papers and ship them to Kentucky Consular Center …as soon as possible. Reporter: The news seem to be too good to be true – and it was. Two weeks later – she was alerted to this statement on the State Department’s website – saying the lottery had suffered a computer glitch – and the results were now invalid. Anna: I thought that…could not be happening – I never heard of … this kind of thing happening at all – I mean how could the Department of State…like a huge government agency – have a glitch on their website. Reporter: The mistake affected about – 22000 applicants across the world. Among them – people like “Ugoo Anieto” – a Nigerian – who moved to Texas 2 years ago – to study for a PHD in molecular biology. Ugoo: You heard the story…we WON…and the Department of State invalidated the results. Reporter: Anieto has wanted to live in the U.S. – ever since he was a boy. When he idolized Michael Jordan – and hung a map of the United States on his bedroom wall. Ugoo: Ever since – I came..I have tried to make this place…my home…you know …much as I love to…enough to go to Nigeria – anytime I get the opportunity …I am pretty much comfortable here…so, I just like it the way it is. Reporter: The State Department responded to the error – by releasing this video on youtube. “Although we receive large numbers of entries – everyday during the 30-day registration period – a computer programming error caused more than 90% of the selctees to come from the first 2 days – of the registration period. The computer error that caused this unfair, non-random result has since been corrected.” Reporter: The State Department – is holding a second lottery draw results of which will be known around July 15. But this is little solace to the victims of the mistake – and so a lawsuit is being prepared against the State Department – on behalf of the 22000 people affected. Till last result though – people like “Anna Demidchik” continue to pursue the American dream while they can. Partly as the result of this experience – she says..she is interested in becoming an immigration lawyer – when she graduates next year. Anna: I might have to push even harder…to uh..be the best attorney possible…to make myself known – in the immigration law community. So, I could possibly get..uh..work visa – and then maybe an employment-based green card. That’s what I’m planning to do now – basically the same thing…as I planned… before the green card – but now it’s just more stress. And I’m working even harder at that. For the Wall Street Journal – this is Neil Hickey in Washington.

4 thoughts on “WSJ.com. interviews green card lottery 2012 winners”

  1. What about an invisible card lottery?
    Charge people 100 dollars and show them how their money disappears ?tell them to wait………and then wait some more?

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