Photo: Green card Lottery
Federal officials in Washington Friday announced the results of a new drawing for the program, which attracts millions of applicants worldwide and each year provides about 50,000 immigrants a legal route to permanent residency in the United States.
The would-be winners had filed a class-action requesting that a federal court reinstate their selection and block the new drawing. But on Thursday afternoon U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the injunction and dismissed the case.
The mix-up over this year’s drawing for the program, the Diversity Visa Lottery, comes as some lawmakers question whether it should continue. On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee will discuss a bill to do away with the lottery.