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Dear Editor:
In a letter to the Editor, Carl Baldwin questioned the announcement that BCIS will in future take only online entries in the diversity visa lottery. I think his letter is missing the point. In the past people have tried to enter the lottery on their own and usually ended up incorrectly filling out the paperwork, so the only reliable way to enter was to go through expensive immigration lawyers. Now anyone can enter easily if they have an online connection or you can still fill out paperwork in Africa or Asia and send it to a low cost immigration consultant who can easily enter online on your behalf. But that is really not the point, what is important is that the work of processing the millions of entries is now automated and will require almost no manual work by BCIS, freeing them up to work on all the other visa applications they process (they are trying to reduce processing times from many years down to six months). The diversity lottery is a free gift to the people of the world.

Sean Nolan