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ThomasT 16.03.2012 15:42

US Diversity Visa Program
 
They say that a Swiss citizen has a 25% chance of winning a green card in the green card lottery. So far I haven't been lucky - this is my seventh try, this year's results will be out on May 1st.

I wonder if any of you have ever won a green card, or know people who have won it ??

Let me tell you this, if I should win this year, I'm gonna invite all you folks out for a drink !

Nixi 16.03.2012 17:16

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Good luck this time. Not only have I never met anyone who won a green card, I have never met anyone who has won over a few francs in any lottery either.

Guest 16.03.2012 18:10

When I lived in the US, I met two people who won the visa lottery. Both were from Ireland.

miniMia 16.03.2012 18:20

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I have never met anyone who has won the visa lottery and I've met a lot of foreigners. Sometimes I question this is actually real!

I have met people who have said they won but it turned out they married for a green card and one got his green card on an amnesty program.

Guest 16.03.2012 18:39

They issue only 55,000 or something a year. That's not many when you think about the size of the US and the number of applicants. We didn't even bother to apply for my husband... Just did the via marriage thing. That was fun. Not.

poptart 16.03.2012 18:41

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Good luck! Seven is a lucky number, after all. :)

And I've met a few green card lottery winners. They exist.

greenmount 16.03.2012 20:27

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Quote:

Originally Posted by miniMia (Post 1515533)
I have never met anyone who has won the visa lottery and I've met a lot of foreigners. Sometimes I question this is actually real!

I have met people who have said they won but it turned out they married for a green card and one got his green card on an amnesty program.

In 2000 was real, I am absolutely sure 'cause an ex-neighbour of mine, oh well, actually of my parents, had won (in my country it is not uncommon that people living in the same building know a lot of each other). She was about 28 at the time, university degree, work experience..I (now) wonder how much of a lottery actually was. Anyways, she succesfully emigrated there, but "had" to marry before so she could bring her fiancee at that time, now husband. Not bad at all, they have 2 gorgeous American kids now..I am not sure what happened after 2001 though, I guess the whole system became so much more stricter, if actually functions at all.

leonie 16.03.2012 21:08

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My husband and I won a green card back in 1994. We are both from Russia. We played the green card lottery while studying in the US. But we had never claimed the green card and left the US a few years later.

st2lemans 16.03.2012 21:29

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ThomasT (Post 1515380)
They say that a Swiss citizen has a 25% chance of winning a green card in the green card lottery. So far I haven't been lucky - this is my seventh try, this year's results will be out on May 1st.

I wonder if any of you have ever won a green card, or know people who have won it ??

Let me tell you this, if I should win this year, I'm gonna invite all you folks out for a drink !

Bummer that I'm no longer a US citizen, otherwise I could adopt you!

Tom

miniMia 16.03.2012 23:21

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Clearly I was hanging with a bad crowd. ;)

Good luck! Let's hope 7's the charm or Poptart could adopt you since Tom can't. :D

ThomasT 17.03.2012 06:53

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Thank you folks ! :)

(Having you all as adoptive parents would be a great experience !! )

jrspet 17.03.2012 07:02

Re: US Diversity Visa Program
 
Related thread:

http://www.englishforum.ch/other-gen...n-card-dv.html

dawiz 17.03.2012 07:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThomasT (Post 1515380)
They say that a Swiss citizen has a 25% chance of winning a green card in the green card lottery. So far I haven't been lucky - this is my seventh try, this year's results will be out on May 1st.

I wonder if any of you have ever won a green card, or know people who have won it ??

Let me tell you this, if I should win this year, I'm gonna invite all you folks out for a drink !

My wife won 3 years ago. We couldn't go because she got sick.


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