It just hit me this morning that it was about the time of the year I should send in my entry for the annual Green Card Lottery. Unfortunately, I'm a few days too late. The entry of the lottery had been closed on November 30, 2009. To learn more about this lottery, click here.
This year tens of thousands of greencards are issued to prior year's greencard lottery winners. This is the allotment per region. Since I am from Hong Kong, we are alloted 49 greencards out of the following total:
17,800 ( doesn't include the following African countries which are given their own quotas as follow:)
Egypt: 9,100Ethiopia: 9,000Nigeria: 10,400
8,250 (most of these greencards go to Bangladesh 6001, Iran 2773, versus Hong Kong 49... and none for Mainland China)
12,400 (mostly go to Albania 2311, Turkey 2826, Armenia 1332, etc. etc...)
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN
I don't know who comes up with the above allotment and decides how many greencards each country should be given from the lottery. It's supposed to be an immigration program that makes America more diversified. So what do you think about this immigration policy? Do you think it is beneficial to America's interests? Do you think it's fair?