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Shamus last won the day on April 24 2017

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  1. Shamus


    Has anyone realized, that it is 48 days before we need to decide whether we care about the 49th day from today? I.e. results come out the 7th May (48 days) which is the day before elections (49 days)
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    Thanks SJ272, yes, I do understand it is totally random to win, I think it sits in the 2% chance of winning? Based on how many people enter from S.A. and the number of selectees. Perhaps I phrased it incorrectly, or wasn't thinking what I was asking. I'm thinking it would be interesting to see the stats of the people who HAVE won, how many times did it take them before they won. So if 100 people have won that still frequent this site, maybe 30 won on first try, 35 2nd try, 20 on third try etc. all the way to the people who only win it on their 20th try, before finally giving up! This is my 4th time trying. Hopefully this time we get in, else I'm not sure what I will do! And then I would add my name to those of the 101 that won on the 4th time
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    Hi Heidi Interesting graph, and nice comparison of the data. Unfortunately I wasn't selected, I think this was my 3rd or 4th time trying, waiting for May to see if lucky this time. So in answer to your question, my fingernails are just fine If fingernails length is instead an indication of sadness/disappointment/desperation, then yes, mine are gone. Could you make a graph showing how many times people have entered before they actually got selected? Not quite sure what format it would take, but it would be interesting just to see the data, knowing that there is some chance of ever being selected.
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    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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    Wife and I both not selected
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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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    Woohoo - 1 month to go!
  9. Thanks Malamute, I hope you are right.
  10. 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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