Immigration

2400 Fijians in USA under ‘Green card’ program

Over the past ten years, the U.S Embassy in Fiji has recorded over two-thousand Fijians who have emigrated to the U.S under the Diversity Visa Program also known as the Green card lottery. The U.S Ambassador to Fiji Judith B. Cefkin revealed this to Newswire in an interview this morning. CEFKIN: “My understanding is that […]

Staff Writers

June 29, 2016 11:39 am

Over the past ten years, the U.S Embassy in Fiji has recorded over two-thousand Fijians who have emigrated to the U.S under the Diversity Visa Program also known as the Green card lottery.

U.S Ambassador to Fiji, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga, Judith B. Cefkin during an interview earlier today. (Peni Shute/ Newswire)
U.S Ambassador to Fiji, Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga, Judith B. Cefkin during an interview earlier today. (Peni Shute/ Newswire)

The U.S Ambassador to Fiji Judith B. Cefkin revealed this to Newswire in an interview this morning.

CEFKIN: “My understanding is that over the past 10 years, there has been over two thousand four hundred (2400) people who have emigrated to the U.S under the Diversity Visa Program.”

Ambassador Cefkin said the eligibility for the lottery system is a high school education.

She added that no fee is charged for the applications.

CEFKIN: “It’s a lottery system. It does not cost anything to make the application but if the applicant is selected to be interviewed for a visa then there is a fee they have to pay. The applicant has to have a high-school education and they have to meet various visa standards that we have in the United States.”

Fiji and the United States have had formal diplomatic relations for 45 years and Ambassador Cefkin said they will continue to look for ways to assist Fiji in the rehabilitation process.

With the U.S National Elections coming up in November, Ambassador Cefkin said she would not expect big changes to the Diversity Visa program under the new elected President.

Ambassador Cefkin also added that the Diversity Visa Program is a good opportunity if people are interested in working and residing in the United States.

USA Day Celebrations

A large crowd is expected to attend the celebrations for USA Day which will be held tomorrow at the U.S Embassy in Tamavua.

The theme ‘Sea to shining sea’ from the American patriotic song America the Beautiful will be performed by the Tina Preston Band at the event. Members of the public will also get to enjoy performances of the band who will be performing at the Sukuna Park on Saturday afternoon.

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