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Technical glitch drops entrants in visa program lottery

Some immigrants in Florida succeeded in entering the United States through the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. This program gives people a chance to win a diversity visa through a lottery managed by the U.S. State Department. People who do not have family members in the country or an employer to sponsor them can enter this drawing.

An announcement from the State Department has warned applicants who completed applications between Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 to reapply. A technical issue wiped out their entries. To give these people a second chance, the State Department urged applicants to complete new entries between Oct. 18 and Nov. 22.

In addition to overcoming the hurdles associated with entering the lottery, prospective immigrants need to have at least a high school degree or several years of job experience to meet requirements. Having an application drawn during the lottery does not guarantee the award of a visa. People must still satisfy other qualifications for entering the country. A successful applicant will then need to find the money to pay for travel to the United States.

The complex bureaucracy that oversees immigration often thwarts the efforts of people to obtain documentation to be in the country. An attorney familiar with U.S. immigration law could provide advice and services that might achieve a person's goals. An attorney could strive to protect the rights of someone facing deportation or attempting to get a student visa. Legal research could help a person gain insights into how to approach immigration authorities. An attorney could provide advice before someone answers questions. The appeals process after a denial might also be managed by an attorney.

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