Monday, May 16, 2011

Computer glitch voids green card lottery results - CNN

Computer glitch voids green card lottery results - CNN

Tens of thousands of would-be immigrants to America are sure to be disappointed after a computer glitch prompted the State Department to invalidate results of the most recent green card visa lottery.

What they did not know is that a computer programming error caused more than 90 percent of selected applicants came from the first two days of the period -- October 5 and 6 -- and did not represent a fair and random choice, as mandated by federal law.

"These results are not valid because they did not represent a fair, random selection of the entrants as required by U.S. law," said David Donahue, a deputy assistant secretary of state. "We sincerely regret any inconvenience or disappointment this problem might have caused."

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