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The U.S. Green Card Lottery Is Basically Unwinnable (HBO)

Olga Brudastova, Margot Sergent, and Samed Walker have spent the last six months waiting to see if they won the green card lottery. Today, they found out their fates.

Sergent is a 40-year-old musician and actress from France, who is currently in the U.S. on an “extraordinary abilities” visa. Brudastova came from Moscow in 2013 to pursue her doctorate in civil engineering at Columbia University on a student visa. And Walker traveled to United States after escaping violence in Ghana. He arrived at the U.S. Mexico border by way of South and Central America from Brazil, and is currently seeking asylum.

The green card lottery, known officially as the diversity visa program, was established by Congress as part of the Immigration Act of 1990. Its purpose is to increase the geographic and cultural diversity of the U.S. population, and the vast majority of applicants apply from their home country.

No other country in the world has a visa lottery like this, but the downside is that it’s almost impossible to win. In 2017, only around one quarter of 1 percent of applicants ended up with a green card.

Today, Olga, Margot, and Samed all logged on to the State Department website to get their verdicts. VICE News was there.

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  1. I'm just wondering, isn't it daunting to find temporary/permanent place to settle and find job.

    How y'all winners arranged those?
    Mind sharing this kinda info like did y'all find jobs remotely and start working once there along with housing arrangements or y'all arranged accommodation first then started job hunting or how?

  2. Anyone can help and guide me the process of application, once I applied then failed
    I do dream to go America one day
    Please support the successful way of application
    Like, the Time it opens and deadline and procedures 🙏

  3. I applied every year, gave up, and then got a L1 visa through my job which allowed me to qualify for a green-card. It can happen, but it was sheer luck and timing.

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  6. What many people don’t realise is that once one person gets a green card it’s relatively easy for the rest of his family to also get one too. Therefore it isn’t fair to say that it’s ‘only’ 50000 people winning as the winners bring their parents, siblings and children to the US most of the time. This is why it’s important to not let in everyone as shown through refugees seeking asylum and bringing their extended, extended family with them to the US


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