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GAO REPORT CITES GREEN CARD LOTTERY PROGRAM FLAWS

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While I get a kick out of telling a client they've won the green card lottery, I've always had mixed feelings about the annual program that sets aside 55,000 green cards to those selected in a random lottery designed to get more immigrants from countries traditionally underrepresented in the immigrant population. Only 140,000 green cards are set aside in the employment-based green card categories by way of comparison. Every few years there is a proposal in Congress to kill the lottery. Certainly a good case can be made for those numbers to instead go toward employment-based and family-based green cards. Now a new GAO report criticizes the lottery as vulnerable to fraud against applicants (gotten a green card lottery spam email lately?) as well as fraud by applicants. This certainly won't bode well for the long term survival of the lottery. Of course, the anti-immigrants will want to kill the program and take its numbers out of the immigration pool all together. Any move to abolish the lottery should be paired with moving the numbers to a more strategically important part of the immigration system.

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  1. legal's Avatar
    Yeah. The lottery should go. I'm tired of hearing about people who won the lottery in my country, but don't know any English yet and have to sell the family goat to buy tickets to come to the US. At the same time people with advanced degrees from India and China wait for many years to get a green-card. That's a gross injustice. Kill the lottery and move the numbers to EB categories. It doesn't serve any useful purpose except to get more dope dealers and Prada knockoff sellers on Manhattan's streets.
  2. 's Avatar
    Yeah, I say move over these scant visa #s into the EB category.. I even know of people who have "tricked" the lottery in more than one way..
  3. Val's Avatar
    Reasons why green card lottery should be saved:

    http://save.greencard.by
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