Group files appeal in botch visa lottery suit

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Posted: Sep 09, 2011 7:48 PM
Group files appeal in botch visa lottery suit

A group of would-be immigrants who briefly thought they had won a chance to apply for a visa to move to the United States, only to have the visa drawing nullified, is renewing their appeal in federal court.

Several people filed suit in federal court in Washington in June to stop the State Department from nullifying the original results of the visa lottery, which were scrapped after officials discovered a computer glitch. The group also wanted class action status.

A judge in Washington dismissed the case in July and a new lottery was held. Electronic court records show a new the appeal was filed Friday.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department, which has been defending the government in the case, did not immediately respond to an after-hours call for comment.