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    FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR SIERRA LEONEANS WON THE 2006 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY. Here is a chance for legal USA Green Card for you or your family and friends.

    The DV lottery is an official program of the USA Congress, established in the 1996 Immigration Act in order to give immigration opportunity to natives from countries other than the main source of immigration to the U.S.A. This official U.S. government program aims to diversify the American population by creating an immigration opportunity to under-represented ethnic groups. Fifty-five thousand visas are allocated each year to lottery winners.

    The annual Diversity Visa Lottery submission date for 2009 commenced at 12:00 pm EST (GMT-4) on October 3, 2007 and ending at 12:00 pm EST (GMT-5) on December 2, 2007. You may submit your application your self by going directly to the State Department website below.



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    Our State Department Web site for the 2009 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2009) is now open. The application submission period for DV-2009 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 3, 2007 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on December 2, 2007. The application form will only be available for submission during this period and this period only. Applications will not be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service. 

    Application Instructions

    Please read the DV-2009 Application Instructions carefully. Applicants may be disqualified for not completing the application form correctly or by submitting more than one application. Use the link below to view the instructions. 

    DV-2009 Instructions

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    Before beginning the application process, you can verify that your picture complies with all requirements by clicking the link below.

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    Application Form

    The application form is prepared in two parts, one for the primary applicant and one for dependents (if any). Each part must be completed correctly and completely before going to the next part. After all parts are completed, the application will be submitted to the DV-2009 Processing Center for handling. Click the link below to begin the application process. 

    Begin Standard Application

    If you would like to use an SSL-encrypted web connection, you may click the link below to continue. Please be aware that by using SSL encryption, your connection may be noticeably slower. 

    Begin SSL Application



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    My wife works for a restaurant chain in the USA, and has for about 3 years. She speaks with an accent which anyone can tell. The problem is that on occasion she is subjected to remarks and comments from co-workers which I find inappropriate and shouldn't be allowed to continue from her employer. The comments are usually along the lines of ''Why are you here anyway? Go back to your own country'' or ''You don't belong here and you should leave''. This has been going on for a very long time and the supervisors have been told repeatedly that this situation exist. I'm sure that most civilized people can tolerate a little kidding around sometimes, but this is not fun and the situation just gets worse. Is there anything I can do?

    Sure, you can bring your concerns to the attention of your wife's employer. The kind of conduct which you've described on the part of restaurant patrons is certainly not prohibited under any federal anti-discrimination laws which I'm aware of, and I would very much doubt that any state law or local ordinances would apply to the kind of behavior which you've described.

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    I have heard some friends talking about a new immigrant amnesty program called CSS/LULAC (Newman). Can you explain what this means and if undocumented Sierra Leoneans can benefit from this?

    This is not a new amnesty program. The CSS and LULAC (Newman) settlement agreements allow for those who meet certain requirements to apply or reapply for Temporary Resident status under the 1986 amnesty program of Section 245A of Immigration and Nationality Act.
    Eligible individuals may apply by submitting a Form I-687, Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and a CSS/ LULAC (Newman) Class Membership Worksheet.

    What are the basic requirements to be eligible for CSS/LULAC settlement agreements?

    1) You had to live in the United States unlawfully from before January 1, 1982, to a date between May 5, 1987, and May 4, 1988, when you went to an office of the Immigration Service or a Qualified Designated entity to apply for legalization. 
    2) You, your parent or your spouse visited an INS office or Qualified Designated Entity between May 5, 1987, and May 4, 1988, to apply for legalization. 
    3) The INS or QDE told you that you were ineligible for legalization because you had traveled outside the United States without INS permission. You, your spouse or your parent returned to the United States with an immigration issued document such as a Student Visa, Visitor Visa or some other Immigration issued document.
    4) You do NOT need to have previously "registered" as a LULAC class member or even had a completed application. However, you did need to go the QDE in the specified time period.

    What type of evidence would  one need to present in order to to win under this LULAC Settlement agreement?

    Clearly, many people do not have the original documents, or even any stamped documents from Immigration. Usually, if the former INS had rejected the application because of what is known as 'front-desking', the person was just turned away. Thus, it is not possible in many instances for an applicant to prove that they were rejected. However, the LULAC settlement specifically states that persons who fall under this settlement may establish eligibility for legalization by way of declarations, and not only by original documents. The settlement also provides class members the right to appeal to a "special master," a judicial officer with the authority to correct the CIS's errors in the event the agency does not decide a class member's legalization application promptly, fairly, and in accordance with the settlement's guidelines.

    When can I apply for this?

    The settlement provides that CIS must begin accepting legalization applications no later than May 24, 2004, but the government might decide to begin the one-year application somewhat earlier. This means that individuals will now have until December 2005, to apply for legalization under the settlement.

    Are there other previous amnesty related provisions that this settlement agreement is applicable toward?

    Catholic Social Services is another program that is applicable to this settlement agreement. There are a couple of differences. First, you would have had to travel outside the U.S. without authorization after November 6, 1986. Second, you returned to the U.S. without permission. 
    Therefore, since it has been extended, do not let the deadline pass again if you qualify.

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