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S. 859: Visa Lottery Repeal Act

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Sponsors want to give the red light to those green cards.


More than 1 million immigrants have entered the U.S. legally through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

Here’s the idea behind it. Most types of immigration visas aren’t random at all. Some give preference based on family connections to existing U.S. citizens or green card holders. Others, such as H-2B visas, are given for foreign nationals to work at a specific job with an American employer. (Perhaps the most prominent example of the latter is when a professional sports team signs or drafts a foreign player.)

But the visa lottery gives green cards randomly to 50,000 foreigners per year. Created in its current form in 1995, the program selects participants randomly with the intention of — …

Sponsor and status

John Kennedy

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 18, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Mar 18, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 18, 2021

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Mar 18, 2021

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