The results for the Diversity Visa program for the fiscal year 2021 have been released. The results were released on June 6, 2020, after it was postponed from its original date May 5. The postponement was a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The US Department of State has said that the new date will not affect the processing of the visas of winners which begins in October.
While winners are celebrating their win, the majority of the people who took part in the DV 2021 registration which took place between October 2 to November 5, 2019, did not win.
The results may not be the end of the road for losers as it has become more stringent in getting a visa after winning. When the US Department of State does not come anywhere close to the expected 50,000 people who should be granted a visa under the migration program, a second draw would be done.
Until DV 2020, winners of the green card lottery were only expected to have a pass in English and Maths in their High School examination, or have a qualifying occupation. Today, winners have several hurdles to jump. Demonstrating that a winner and family members would not become a public charge while in the United States makes it almost impossible for the average African to get a visa. Because of this, a second draw is likely. It has happened before.
Also, the United States Embassies across the globe has closed down temporarily because of the coronavirus pandemic, and this has prevented winners of DV 2020 from proceeding with their interviews. The fate of the winners is not yet known. If the US is bent on hitting the 50,000-visa limit, then a second draw could happen. This may happen for the DV 2021 and not DV 2020 because the fiscal year for DV 2020 ends on September 30, 2020.
Lastly, in 2011, a new draw was done after the department noticed that the computer program unfairly selected people who submitted applications in the first two days of the 30-day application process. The results were cancelled after 12 days.
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