The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program or green card lottery conducted by US state Department, provides up to 55,000 diversity visas annually from a pool of entrants through a random selection process.  All entries must be nationals of countries with low rates of immigration to the US. The State Department does not notify successful applicants by email. Rather, entrants are encouraged to check the status of their entries through a website posting.

The DV-2012 green card lottery winners were announced in May for the lottery that was held online from October to November in 2009. Later the State Department announced that due to a technology glitch, the winners would have to be redrawn as the announced winners were not random and purely just the first people who entered. The total new set of winners is to be announced for the 55,000 lucky Green Cards on or around July 15, 2011

But a group of immigrants from more than 20 countries recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the US State Department for mishandling the 2012 green card lottery. The group calling themselves the “22,000 Hopefuls” is suing the US state department to try and stop a re-drawing of its 2012 Diversity Lottery.

The 22,000 people had received a confirmation saying their applications had been accepted. But US officials later retracted the results after they said a computer glitch for drawing the people was discovered.

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