How the "visa lottery" went wrong

"Last week, a computer glitch dashed the hopes of tens of thousands of immigrants who had hoped to come legally to the United States – and put one of the quirkier programs within the U.S. immigration system on the map," Leslie Berestein-Rojas writes.

"It’s called the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, a U.S. State Department program often referred to simply as “the visa lottery.” The congressionally-mandated program makes up to 55,000 immigrant visas available each year to people who apply for them via random selection, with results selected electronically. It was announced late last week that the results of the 2012 lottery would have to be scratched because of a computer programming error."

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