Just thought I'd chime in with some info on the possibility of the DV lottery being abolished. I've been following US politics for some time, especially this new immigration bill that Obama is pushing forward. The fact is the bill stipulates that the DV lottery will be replaced by a new program for high skilled immigrants. For this to happen, Congress; both the Senate (Democrats) and the House of Representatives (Republicans), have to vote to pass the bill. As of now only the Senate has voted in favour; the House refuses to even bring it to the floor (to open it for discussion and a vote).
Thing is though, there will be elections for the House of Representatives on November 4th this year, for all 435 seats. This is where I'm worried, because if the Democrats win the majority of the seats, then they can vote in the new bill and there goes the DV lottery. If the Republicans win, then we can breathe a sigh of relief, since they don't agree with the immigration bill.
But according to the Wikpedia page for the DV lottery: "If passed, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013
will abolish the program from fiscal year 2015." The US fiscal year for 2015 begins on October 1st. Assume the bill passes, I'm not sure if this means that DV2016 will be the last one, or whether it will just be scrapped regardless if it has started for 2016? Because if the Democrats win the House of Representatives, and they vote in the bill, then will the lottery automatically be cancelled, even though it has already begun in October? I'm thinking that it means it will be scrapped, regardless of whether it begun in October. So the date many of us have to look out for is November 4th this year, and hope that the Republicans win.
I had my first try for 2015, but wasn't selected. So I'm *really* hoping that it will hold out for 2016, and I get a place!