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Shamus last won the day on April 24 2017

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  1. Shamus


    So... Anyone got good news of selection? Not me!
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    [at]Malamute - do you how many South African applications were made for each year?
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    And now 8 days 10 hours... I have been trying not to think about it, because then it REALLY drags. Rather work towards payday tomorrow, that is closer! For those who don't know, the results are 2 May 12PM EDT (= 6pm for S.A)
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    Interesting Article On Immigration Reform

    Thanks Malamute, I hope you are right.
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/entry/cotton-perdue-legal-immigration-bill_us_589a4f4ee4b04061313a3090 I think we'll be lucky if we even see the May draw!
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    President Trump

    My thoughts exactly! Can it be cancelled now that applications have already been submitted? Maybe the worst case would be that more countries are excluded from eligibility. Off topic, but I wish you could apply in October, and get notified in November, even if it then still took a year before interviews start. This 6-7 month "dead" time is really difficult!
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    President Trump

    It will be interesting to see if he changes the immigration policy, specifically the DV. I almost wish the election was a month ago, because then their might have been fewer applications (and a bigger chance of me getting one ) I for one don't know much about either of the candidates, so no personal opinion on it.
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    For the last 2 years, I submitted within 1 or 2 days of the application period starting. I have only now submitted. Who knows, maybe things work out for the better this time round. Regarding photos, last year I submitted the photos from the previous year too. This time I put in a lot more effort to get them correct. What I noticed is that just using the photo tool didn't always give me a cropped photo that matches what is specified, e.g. 56%-69% of the photo = length from bottom of photo to level of eyes. I needed to crop the original a few times before getting within this specs, while still trying to keep within the green guide lines. I don't know how strict they are with regard to this, but at least that can't be the reason why we aren't chosen this time around. Anyway, it feels like we all briefly woke up for application submissions, next major buzz will be about May Good luck everyone!
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    The application dates have been released : 4th October 2016 at 12 noon See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html Now there is also a video, which I can't say I've noticed before.
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    2017 Draw Results

    What is surprising is that no one has said yet that they have won. Maybe they are still out celebrating! [at]Candidate - thanks for those suggestions. We briefly considered Canada, however I think the cold would eventually wear us down. Immigrating to a new country will be difficult enough, but if I am constantly battling against the cold, I would rather choose a country where this isn't another thing to deal with. With regard to Germany, never considered it before. At this point we will consider the 2 obvious choices, N.Z. & Aus. We have family in Aus., so that can also only help as a base to start from. But we'll see.
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    2017 Draw Results

    As I said on other thread, we were also not selected for the 2nd time. I'm posting here too, as this thread is specifically for anyone reporting back on results, and this way I will now also be notified automatically by posting on it. Tonight my wife and I will sit and chat, and decide what our future is to be, and I think we will start applying for visa's into other countries if that is what we decide. We can't be sitting in limbo each year waiting and hoping, we need to either decide we are immigrating and pursue it, or we must dig in deep.
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    2017 Lottery

    We were also not selected
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    2017 Lottery

    No, eventually I just get a timeout, and the page cannot be displayed. Everyone must remember to post back their results