Foreign media outlets reported that the results of the Electronic Diversity Visa (EDV) for 2019 was published by the Department of State on Tuesday. MyRepublica, which is based in Nepal, reported that thousands of Nepalis have already obtained permanent residency in the United States through the program. 

Foreign nationals who applied for the electronic diversity visa in the period that opened on October 18 and closed on November 22 of last year can check with the Department of State to see if they are lucky enough to have been among those randomly selected to be given a shot at permanent residence in the U.S., thus cutting ahead of the queue of other applicants who had applied through the normal method. 

According to MyRepublica, the American embassy in Nepal declared that inquiries regarding diversity visas should be directed to its customer service center. The embassy also noted that it does not send emails notifying the lottery winners of their selection.

In November, President Donald Trump called on Congress to terminate the diversity visa program, just hours after an Uzbekistan national driving a truck plowed through pedestrians in Manhattan, killing eight and injuring at least a dozen. Trump said, “I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program.” He said, “I’m going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program. The program “sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good.”

Trump argued a “merit-based system” should replace the diversity lottery system. “We don’t want lotteries where the wrong people are in the lotteries,” Trump said. “And guess what, who are the suckers who get those people?” “We have to get much tougher, we have to get much smarter, and we have to get much less politically correct,” he said. “We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything.”

The Diversity Visa Lottery program is the result of bipartisan legislation that was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. In 2013, a bipartisan group of senators tried to eliminate the diversity program in an effort at immigration reform. However, it was blocked by the House of Representatives. 
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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