Visa Lottery
From Nowy Dziennik
November 13, 2003

So far, the interest in this year’s visa lottery, which gives a chance to win permanent residency in the United States, has been lacking, according to the representatives of agencies in Greenpoint. The fee for filling out an application is approximately $20.

"You could count the number of people interested in applying for the lottery on the fingers of your hand,” said an employee of Minimax Agency on Greenpoint Avenue. Similarly to other agents in Greenpoint, she said that “perhaps everyone is waiting until the last minute, in December.” She estimated that no more than six Poles have visited the agency so far.

In contrast to previous years, this year’s lottery began on November 1. It will last for two months, and will end on December 31. In agencies visited by this reporter, the fee for filling out a form and sending a picture is about $20 – 25.

“We were expecting a much greater interest, but so far we have seen no more than ten people,” said an employee of Polamer, a Polish agency on Manhattan Avenue. On average, the agency serves one to two lottery clients a day.
Aggie Agency at 121 Nassau Avenue proves to be an acception to the rule.

“We have a relatively large interest in the lottery,” said the agency’s representative. “Approximately 30 people have filled out the application.” She also said that she expects more clients to come in December.

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Translated from Polish by Joanna Sufin

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