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Diversity Visa Results Posted

Information around 2019 visa applications are now available online.

Are you one of the estimated 20 million people who applied for the American Diversity Immigrant Visa this year and want to know your USCIS case status? If so, the results have been posted on the USCIS website, dvlottery.state.gov. Also known as the Green Card Lottery, the diversity visa program is an opportunity for 50,000 people from countries around the world to immigrate to the United States and has played a major role in diversifying the origins of new Americans.


For the 2019 round people from every African nation with the exception of Nigeria were allowed to apply for the visas. Aimed at people from countries that haven't send significant numbers of immigrants to the United States in the previous five years, the diversity visa program has been under attack lately by immigration opponents inside the Trump administration. Last November, Trump announced he would be "starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program." This was in response to a terrorist attack from an Uzbek national that had entered the United States legally using the visa lottery.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services also announced today that it was recalling 8,543 Permanent Resident Cards, also known as "green cards," due to a production error. But not to worry if you're one of the affected green card holders, just return the problem green card and you will be sent a new one within 15 days of receiving the old one according the USCIS statement.

Here's what they say:

The recall does not affect these Green Card holders' status as lawful permanent residents. If affected individuals need to travel internationally or prove their lawful permanent residence while they wait for a replacement card, they may contact the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to determine if they need additional proof.

Update 3:39 pm EST: we're being told on social media that the site is loading slowly and giving "time out errors."

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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