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USA moves to cancel visa lottery
« on: May 03, 2013, 11:40:29 AM »
Africans stand to lose as U.S. moves to cancel visa lottery
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AS the United States (U.S.) reforms its immigration laws and eliminates the green card lottery, Africans could be the big losers owing to the fact that they are the main beneficiaries of the visa programme, agency report indicated Wednesday.

But around 100,000 people were Wednesday picked from several million hopefuls who applied to get the Green Card, in what could be the last batch of the yearly lottery slated to vanish under the proposed reforms.

The system that will replace it in 2017, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Wednesday, is merit-based and will also give Africans a chance. On average, they are more educated than people from other continents. And English-speaking Africans would get a boost because of that language skill, the report claimed.

However, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People said the number of African immigrants would go down even with the merit-based system. “In essence, we’re concerned,” said Hilary Shelton, the NAACP Washington bureau director.

Dame Babou, who hosts a radio show that caters to Senegalese people in New York, said the scrapping of the lottery is disheartening for Africans.

“Every year, many people thought this was going to be their year,” Babou said. “Again, what is being eliminated is hope,” she said.

Half of the 50,000 residence permits handed out at random each year are earmarked for Africans. It is a hugely popular programme that has allowed hundreds of thousands of Africans to settle in America since the mid 1990s.

But the ambitious reform project under debate now in Washington, which would provide papers for million undocumented immigrants, contains a clause that would do away with the lottery.

In its place, would be a more selective immigration system based on skills, career and family ties.

Each year, 50,000 permanent residency permits are allocated to people from countries that see relatively few emigrants depart for the U.S.

The lottery system, which was created in 1995, aims to diversify the range of places from which people migrate to the United States.

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