MIAMI (CBS4) — Dozens of people who were mistakenly told they’d won a spot to apply for a U.S. visa through the annual visa lottery system are suing the U.S. government.

French native Armande Gil is a psychologist in Miami who is among those seeking class action status in a federal lawsuit filed last week in Washington. Gil said Tuesday she spent time and money preparing for her new life and was devastated to learn it was just a bureaucratic snafu. She and others want to be reinstated as lottery winners.

Roughly 22,000 individuals were told in May they’d been selected though they would still have to pass background checks. Then immigration officials discovered the supposedly random selection was skewed due to a computer glitch. A new lottery is set for July.

(© 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (4)
  1. Ahmed Jackson says:

    Sorry Charlie. IT WAS A COMPUTER GLITCH…which means opps my bad. It happens to everyone with anything. That is what sometimes happens with things. (computers also) so deal with it.

    Now if you want to sue then guess what? Here’s a dollar now get the (blank) ou of the US. We know what you are about right out the gate.

  2. Chucky says:

    I like that…

    …the Jackson comment, not the supposed law suit.

    The U.S. can do without another psychologist.

  3. Angelica Gonzalez says:

    Oh well the French wants to stay in USA now they love us with dual citizenship to squeeze this country and critizating all to way to France. Get out of here we do not need you!!!

    1. pooh bear says:

      I am a foreign born american citizen, do not need to use “spell check” to check my written word, but I tell you, I’ve never heard or read the word “critizating”. What does it mean, please.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Miami

What Are People Talking About?
Weather Forecast 24/7Check for current temps and what to expect throughout the day

Watch & Listen LIVE