The annual worldwide lottery for US immigration visas was corrupted by a computer glitch, it was revealed last night.
The US State Department has decided that the results of the lottery will be made void, disappointing tens of thousands of would-be immigrants to the US who were notified this year that they had won a chance to come and live legally there. A department official said yesterday the software glitch caused the drawing to select 90pc of winners from entries submitted on only the first two days of the 30-day registration period. The official said the problem has been fixed. A new lottery will be held with winners announced on July 15.
Nearly 15 million people had entered the lottery, which allows 50,000 entrants a year to apply for visas without a sponsor.