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Immigration law news: Lottery for green cards set to begin again

What the federal government calls a "technical glitch" caused an untold number of applications for green cards to be lost. Those people who applied under the immigration law lottery for green cards will have to apply again starting Oct. 18. For anyone who wants to come to New Orleans and who wants to take advantage of this program, the application period runs through Nov. 22.

The lottery falls under the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Each year, a certain number of diversity green cards are awarded to "winners" of the lottery. Anyone with a confirmation number for an application submitted between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 is advised to throw it away because it is now no good. Anyone falling into this group will need to reapply during the new time frame set for the acceptance of applications.

For those New Orleans residents who are unfamiliar with this program, it allows those who cannot qualify for a green card through employment or family the opportunity to receive a visa. Along with other minimum qualifications, an applicant must possess a high school diploma or have worked experience of at least a few years. Of course, anyone receiving this opportunity must still meet the other requirements for all green card holders. The winners are chosen at random and notified that they may proceed to the next step.

In many cases, getting to this point may be the easier part of the process. To help ensure that a green card is received, it may help to consult with an immigration law attorney. He or she can walk a client through the process by helping to fill out documents, gather the appropriate evidence to go with those documents and prepare for an interview if one is necessary.

Source: voanews.com, "New Green Card Lottery Enrollment Period Starts Wednesday", Oct. 17, 2017

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