Fewer applicants for green card lottery reports US State Department =09
A US State Department spokeswoman attributed the drop in applications this =
year to the fact that Bangladeshi citizens weren't eligible to participate.=
This year, the three countries that submitted the most entries were: Niger=
ia, with 1.36 million; Ghana, with 909,000; and Ukraine, with 853,000.Last =
year, Bangladesh accounted for 7.6 million entries.
In October, the US Senate approved a bill to extend federal benefits to dis=
abled refugees living within the US. Based on an earlier deal worked out by=
Senators, the $36 million in aid will be offset with revenue generated by =
a new $30 fee for individuals applying to enter the country through the div=
ersity-visa lottery program.
This year's US diversity-visa green card lottery ended on 5 November 2011. =
The results will be announced in May 2012.