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Dear Editor:

I am an AILA member with an office in Moscow. The reason I am writing is to ask for your assistance. We would be greatly appreciative if you would post this request with the Immigration Daily. The US Embassy in Moscow is unfairly denying immigrant visas under the DV-Lottery Program to scores, perhaps hundreds, of applicants, alleging that they did not sign the original lottery application, when in fact they did. The Embassy is presuming that if the applicant used an American mailing address, or did not sign identically at the IV interview as he/she had on the lottery application, someone else signed the application. We are seeking feedback from your readers, particularly attorneys, who may have clients who have experienced this problem in Moscow. If so, we would be greatly appreciative if these attorneys would contact us, with the details of individual cases (both for years DV-2000 and -2001). We are looking to set up a meeting with the Ambassador or his assistant next week; at that meeting, we would obviously like to bring up as many cases as possible to show the scope of the problem, and have these cases re-considered. The Russian press has already picked up on the story, and some Western media outlets have shown interest. FYI: We are handling these cases pro bono, so individual applicants affected would have no financial obligation. Thanks again for your assistance. I would be happy to provide more details to those interested

Ken White, Esq., White & Associates
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