165,000 Russians Sought U.S. Green Card

Sep. 30 2011 — 00:00

165,000 Russians Sought U.S. Green Card

Sep. 30 2011 — 00:00

More than 165,000 Russians participated in the United States' 2013 green-card lottery and 2,353 won, RIA-Novosti reported, citing U.S. State Department official David Donahue.

But winners are not guaranteed an immigration visa — which allows a foreigner to live and work in the United States, Donahue said Wednesday. That comes after another selection round that 43 percent of Russian winners did not make it through two years ago, the last year for which data is available.

Also, those fortunate enough to get immigration visas could have a harder time getting travel visas in the future, he said. "It all depends on each concrete case."

This year's number is slightly below 2012's tally of 2,464 Russian winners, but well above 2011's 1,912, Itar-Tass reported.

Last year, 14.8 million people worldwide applied for just 50,000 immigration visas.

Russia Wins Gold at Rio Olympics
The flame for the 2016 Summer Olympics was extinguished in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, symbolizing the end of the Games. Russia finished fourth ...
Made in China: How Russia Is Teaching Beijing to Play Hockey
With Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, China is rushing to develop a competitive national hockey team. But China is not a hockey ...
Made in China: How Russia Is Teaching Beijing to Play Hockey
With Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, China is rushing ...
Russia Plans Internet Overhaul to Create Secure State Network
Russia’s Security Council could transform the country’s digital landscape in order to create a secure communications network for ...