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How to Know if I'm Selected for the DV Lottery?

This guide details the process of checking your selection status for the DV Lottery, emphasizing the importance of acting promptly if chosen.

  • 05 Jan 2024
  • 3 min read

The Diversity Immigrant Visa programme is a US government initiative to grant Permanent Resident Cards to foreign nationals. The Department of State randomly selects Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) applicants each year from registered entries. It is based on regional and national visa allocations. By May 4, 2024, the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website will update entrants about their selection status. So, you should conduct a diversity visa check accordingly.

Ways to Know I'm Selected for the DV Lottery

How do you determine whether you have been selected for the DV lottery? Let’s find out.

  • Annual Entry Period: The DV Lottery opens each fall, usually for about a month, from October to November. Only eligible applicants from select countries can register online. Be sure to check the DV Lottery website for precise dates.
  • Check Your Status: Starting early May of the year following your application, you must use the Entrant Status Check on the official DV Lottery website ( to determine if you have been randomly chosen from your country. The US government does not send letters or emails regarding selection; you must use this online tool for DV lottery status check.
  • Act Promptly: Winners of the lottery need to act swiftly to gather the necessary information for the next steps, including submitting a green card application. Learn about the Diversity Visa Lottery Cutoff Numbers in the DOS Visa Bulletin and when to take these follow-up actions.
  • Visa Application Deadline: All winners must apply for and receive their DV visas before October of the following year (by September 30 of the forthcoming year). Since more entries are selected than the visas available, timely action is essential to benefit from the lottery.
  • Using Entrant Status Check: Keep your confirmation number receipt upon submitting your entry as required for the Entrant Status Check. If lost, retrieve it on the website using your registered email and after confirming personal details.
  • Entering Information: Enter your 16-digit confirmation number, last name, and birth year. Verify by typing the displayed characters.
  • Winning Notification: Those selected in the lottery will receive positive news and instructions on applying for an immigrant visa (if abroad) or adjusting their status (if currently in the US and eligible for adjustment). Be vigilant and check your status immediately to seize this opportunity.

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The US Department of State randomly selects DV applicants yearly based on regional and country visa allocations. Use your confirmation number to check your status.
Also, here is a reminder that if you travel often, invest in travel insurance. This insurance covers unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancellation or medical emergencies.

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