Withdrawal of US Visa lottery will most affect the African nations of Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Egypt. Department of State has revealed the statistics for the numbers of US Visa lottery recipients from these 3 nations.
The figures of DoS reveal that Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Egypt all received more than 2000 visas. This was through the annual lottery program for the fiscal year 2016. An analysis for the US Visa lottery beneficiaries for the period 2007-2016 has been given in the document. It is titled ‘Diversity Immigrant Category- Immigrant Number Use for Adjustments of Status and Visa Issuances’.
2, 855 visas were received by the nationals of Egypt in 2016. 2,778 were received by the Democratic Republic of Congo and 2,143 by Ethiopia. Other nations in Africa also received 1000 plus visas through the US Visa lottery. These are Kenya, Algeria, Morocco, Cameroon, Liberia, and Sudan, as quoted by the Africa News.
The break up for continents was topped by Africa with 20, 706 visas. 15, 2017 visas were received by the Europe. Asia received 8, 898 visas, South America 1, 320, Oceania 532, and North America received 5 visas.
In early November, US President Donald Trump said that he has asked the Congress to end the Diversity Visa lottery. He said that this program presents a credible threat to the national security of the US.
This announcement was preceded by a deadly attack by an immigrant from Uzbekistan Sayfullo Saipov in New York. 8 lives were lost in this deadly attack. The 29 year old Uzbek national is said to have arrived in the US in 2010 through the visa lottery.
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