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What do they ask if you want to become a US national …?



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  • Andrew (the other one) January 31, 2010, 12:18 am

    Apparently it is serious. Mind you, they have 50,000 green cards and the last time they had this type of competition, they had 10 million 10,000,000!) applications, of which 3 million were disqualified on technical grounds. So don’t get your hopes up to high, you have a one in two hundred chance of being successful. You have a better chance if you are part of a married couple, as both can apply and if one is successful, the other gets a green card too.

    See http://www.usafis.org

  • Luna_Sea January 31, 2010, 12:24 am

    Hmmm…too tricky for me.

  • Luna_Sea January 31, 2010, 12:25 am

    Nope, nothing at all wrong with our immigration policy.

  • alda January 31, 2010, 12:26 am

    Believe me Andrew, I will not be getting my hopes up because I have no intention of applying.

    I was merely being facetious.

  • Lino January 31, 2010, 12:43 am

    Usafis is not the US Gov: they say “Be aware!
    This website is a private entity and is not a governmental agency ”

    In the “Terms and conditions” (http://usafis.org/legal.asp) they clearly state again that.

    I think they are a business allegedly selling support for filing at INS a green card aplication?

  • Andrew (the other one) January 31, 2010, 12:53 am


    Neither will I!

    If there are three million spoiled applications, then your chances improve to 1/140.

  • cactus zonie January 31, 2010, 1:32 am

    “Green Card Lottery”
    Live and Work in the U.S.A.

    Doing what ??

    As soon as you get here you “Lucky Bastard” , we will ship you off to China .

  • Alexander E. January 31, 2010, 2:38 am

    yes, of course

  • TMCD January 31, 2010, 2:40 am

    I will pass this one around.
    I can not stop laughing.
    What is next… maybe a game show or a talent show?
    “Could singing for a green card…be next?”
    Maybe a person gets extra points for singing about global warming or how bad the banks are.?
    Maybe more points are given for bashing Bush in a song?
    I am still laughing.
    Bless, Bless 🙂

  • Wray January 31, 2010, 3:19 am

    Canada needs hard working professional Icelanders……Try Manitoba many generations of successful Icelanders………..some even speak the language

  • Karyn January 31, 2010, 8:29 am

    My husband got his U.S. citizenship last year. He studied hard for the citizenship exam. When he took the exam, it was a verbal exam, and he was asked only two questions: What color are the stars on the flag? And if the president dies, who takes his place?

  • James January 31, 2010, 8:29 am

    Answer two questions for a chance to win a Green Card to Iceland.
    1. Derive from first principles a theory of physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena.
    2. Formulate international policies and corresponding bodies of laws to achieve world peace.

  • hassan January 31, 2010, 10:02 am

    Yes, that is all it takes to be ripped off by a private company rather than go through the official US Government website.

  • Tom Harper January 31, 2010, 11:10 am

    Wish it were so easy to get become a national of an EU/EEA country =/

  • Marko January 31, 2010, 11:58 am

    This is, of course, a hoax web site that is trying to make a business out of legitimate Diversity Visa Lottery program, which is happening every year. For the actual information about the program, take a look here: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/

    They even warn you there about other sites claiming to “guarantee” success.

    Btw. the only real condition is a finished secondary education and the ability to take a digital photograph… (there is a two-page detailed set of instructions how that photo needs to look like)

  • Lino January 31, 2010, 12:07 pm

    the test for acquiring german citizenship is appallingly difficult: you have to be German to pass it :):) (not only because of german language) or have lived in Germanu for LONG to have a chance to answer…

    Tom, actually is exceedingly easy if you’ve got tons of money…

  • sylvia hikins January 31, 2010, 12:09 pm

    Come on Alda- gizza clue!!!!
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Tom Harper January 31, 2010, 12:25 pm


    Really? Not that I have tons of money, but am curious. What countries in the EU “sell” citizenship? I thought those sort of things were rather looked down upon, nowadays.

  • elín January 31, 2010, 12:39 pm

    seriously, doesn’t this scream scam?

  • Lino January 31, 2010, 1:42 pm

    UK: it’s not even difficult from the administrative point of view: just make a discreet and generous contribution to Labour… :):):):)

    They could even have Lilibeth bestow a title on you included in the package for FREE (!) if you’re really generous… :):):):)

  • Lino January 31, 2010, 1:49 pm

    as proof of how “open” the UK is, even Mohamed al Fayed in the end acquired it, after years and years of being a nuisance and embarassment (no, I’m not talking about poor Dodi…): he has been the classic fly in the ointment since buccaneering his way into Harrods prying it away from Tiny Rowland, a buccaneer himself but a british (and white?) buccaneer.

    These vulgar egyptian nouveau riches… at least they have the saving grace of being rich: that makes them “british” 😉 thus eligible for citizienship! :):):):)

  • Andrew (the other one) January 31, 2010, 3:27 pm


    I am a physicist, so I can tell you question 1 is a non-starter. We can’t link quantum theory to Einstein’s theory of general relativity (gravity), the standard model of particle physics doesn’t explain mass (unless you tag on the hypothetical Higgs boson, which is a very inelegant solution), and there is too much gravity in the universe (so we invented dark matter and dark energy to fudge the answer).

    However, I am confident that these details will be worked out.
    An even more difficult problem would be “Just where did all the money deposited in Icelandic banks go?” . Answers on a postcard to Eva Joly.

  • Lino January 31, 2010, 4:37 pm

    “An even more difficult problem would be “Just where did all the money deposited in Icelandic banks go?” . Answers on a postcard to Eva Joly”

    one of the tycoon has already given you a mystical answer “money’s paradise”! 🙂 Miracle!!! Repent the end is nigh…

    On a more scientific plane, an Icelandic scientist would tell you that like energy, money did not disappear at all, it’s still there… or somewhere… just took a different form.

    However, Eva Joly, not even a scientist, will discover that money is indeed like energy… observing the principle of entropy: if and when found, only part will be recovered and in a messy and disorganized manner (if I remember correctly entropy, liberally applied to the domain of financial scam)

  • Andrew (the other one) January 31, 2010, 6:15 pm


    You do remember correctly about entropy 🙂

    I think “How much money is recoverable ?” is another question, which might be even more difficult to solve. I hope that some of it can be recovered, but it is likely to be time consuming and messy to do so.

  • sylvia hikins January 31, 2010, 11:28 pm

    I’m beginning to think that the money is as recoverable as all those pagan idols Thorgeir threw into Godafoss- only for Godafoss read Cayman Islands.
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Rik Hardy January 31, 2010, 11:31 pm

    “Have you ever been a member of the Communist Party”?

  • TMCD February 1, 2010, 4:59 am

    I love the commments
    100 % funny.

  • Gwrhyr February 2, 2010, 6:10 pm

    If I were rich I would love to buy Icelandic citizenship just to own the passport – it’s one of the nicer-looking ones and I love the Icelandic coat-of-arms. The worst thing about EU membership for Iceland is that they would have to change the passport color from the currently beautiful and unique bright blue to the boring and frankly ugly burgundy required for EU passports.