US Green Card Applications Lost, Must Re-apply
A technical problem has caused the loss of all requests to enter the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program between October 3 and October 10.
People who sent such entries to the so-called green card lottery in that period will have to do so again.
The U.S. State Department posted a message about the issue on its website. It said the entries were not valid and were removed from the system.
The State Department also said the technical problem has been fixed. It announced that the new "entry period will begin at noon, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and will run until noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday November 22, 2017."
The lottery is the only way to get permission to live in the U.S. for non-refugees who do not have family in the country or an employer to sponsor them. Admission to the lottery requires a high school degree or work experience to qualify.
The lottery is open to natives of most countries.
Natives from some countries are barred, however. These countries include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, mainland China and Colombia. Also barred are the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica and Mexico. People from Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and its dependent territories, except Northern Ireland, and Vietnam also do not qualify.
In 2015, the U.S. issued 48,097 diversity visas out of 531,463 total immigrant visas. Millions of people apply to enter the green card lottery.
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1.technical problem 技术故障
He'll teach us how we should tackle this sort of technical problem.
2.immigrant visa 移民签证
I'd like to have a form for the immigrant visa.
3.apply to do 申请...
They may apply to join the organization.
4.work experience 工作经历
Relevant work experience is required for overseas postings.
5.The lottery is open to natives of most countries.
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The scheme is also open to non-members
The centre is open to all, no matter what race or creed.
6.People who sent such entries to the so-called green card lottery in that period will have to do so again.
green card 绿卡
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美国国务院在官网上发布了这一消息 。网站上显示，申请记录不再有效并被系统清除 。
美国务院表示，技术故障已经修复 。该机构还宣布“新的申请期将于美国东部夏令时间2017年10月18日周三正午开放，并于美国东部标准时间2017年11月22日周三正午截止 。”
对于在美国无亲属、无公司担保的非难民来说，这种抽签项目是拿到在美国居住许可的唯一方式 。该项目要求申请者为高中学历或有工作经历 。
但有些国家的公民无法申请该绿卡 。其中包括孟加拉国、巴西、加拿大、中国大陆及哥伦比亚 。同样被禁止申请该绿卡的还有多米尼亚共和国、萨尔瓦多、海地、印度、牙买加和墨西哥 。来自尼日利亚、巴基斯坦、秘鲁、菲律宾、韩国、英国及其独立属地（除北爱尔兰外）、越南的公民也不符合申请条件 。
2015年，在美国发放的531,463张移民签证中，“多元化移民签证”的数量为48,097张 。上百万的人都申请该抽签式绿卡 。