Just a short note this morning to highlight a perennial old wives tale scam that so frequently circulates on Philippine and Philippine related sites and communities.
The scam revolves around a perfectly legal and time-honored program of the USA that has been going on for years now … the Diversity Visa Program … I guess because that doesn’t sound profitable … or for our propensity to insist on calling things what they are not, most people know this as the Green Card Lottery program.
And that’s where the scam comes in. At almost any time of the year you may receive emails or see vague ads that claim you can enter a lottery and, if you win, presto, you get a Resident Alien Card … commonly known as a Green Card.
Not only can you get into this program for free, you can even enter online.
But those of us from the Philippines … or very importantly, those of us who are foreigners in the Philippines and might be called upon for advice or assistance from our Filipino families and friends need to become a bit of an expert on this lottery … for a very special reason:
Filipino Citizens are NOT eligible!
Yep. Only certain country’s citizens qualify and the Philippines does not.
Unfair? Discrimination? Maybe so, but the problem, if there be one, has to be fixed within the law … don’t write me, write you Congressman or Senator. But whatever you do, don’t help perpetrate this cruel scam, especially on or Filipino friends and family. The reason the Philippines and a number of other countries are excluded is that they already send more than 50,000 immigrants in the past five years to the US, and the program is supposed to diversify immigration but boosting the number of applicants from countries who don’t send so many to our shores.:
….natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. For DV-2011, no countries have been added or removed from the previous year’s list of eligible countries.
Here’s where you can find out more about the specifics of the program:
The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States….
And also where you can read official information on the frequent scams.
Please Note: There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. The Department of State notifies successful Diversity Visa applicants by letter, and NOT by email. To learn more see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.
So keep it simple, folks.
==>> The Diversity Visa (Green Card) lottery is a real program of the USA
==>> It does not cost anything to join it … so do not pay money to predators who claim they will help you!
==>> But remember that Filipinos can’t enter it, so don’t go running off to help you girlfriend or brother in law and then disappoint them.
As they say in the Navy, “That is All”.