Immigrants in the Bronx looking to become citizens can enter a visa lottery

Immigrants living in the Bronx who are struggling to become citizens can now take advantage of the U.S. State Department's visa lottery if they qualify.

Each year, the government hands out 50,000 visas through its Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. To qualify, immigrants must come from countries with low immigration rates. Applicants must also have a high school education or two years of work experience.

The application is free, but often some attorneys charge a small fee for helping the immigrants. The deadline to apply for the 2006 lottery drawing is January 7.

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