a more selective immigration system based on skills, career and family ties. For years the lottery has been in the crosshairs of Republicans, who control the House of Representatives and say it adds no value to the American economy. “It’s clear that there are better ways to allocate visas than to randomly give them out through a lottery system,” said Bob Goodlatte, the Republican who leads the House Judiciary Committee. “Our immigration laws shouldn’t be based on the luck of the draw; rather, they should be designed strategically to benefit our country.” The ‘diversity visa,’ as it is known formally, is set aside for people from countries that do not experience a lot of emigration. So Mexicans, Chinese and Filipinos, for instance, are not eligible. Africans quickly became the main ones to cash in. All applicants need is a high school diploma or two years of work experience. Between 2010 and 2012, one in five Africans who came to the United States to stay did so through the lottery. That made it the third most common method, at 21 percent of the total, after family reunification (43%) and refugee status or By comparison, in the same period only 10 percent of Europeans who became permanent residents and 3% of Asians did so through the lottery.
The diversity visas would vanish starting next year under the reform being negotiated. Only four percent of African immigrants — compared to 21 percent of Asians and 22 percent of Europeans — received a green card for employment reasons in 2012. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the number of African immigrants will 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.”
Culled from www.ngtrends.com
Wow!!! this is a real shocker, especially to some of us who are regular 'customers' of this programme...LOL. But do you think the Skills-based system will be easily attainable? But wait o! Where una dey run go sef? Who are you leaving this country for? America, una do well... :p :-D *dodging slaps*.... LOL...