Update: The DV-2010 lottery is over. To find information about the 2011 lottery, as well as how to check your status, explore here.
Are you hoping to be one of the applicants selected in the DV-2010 lottery? Winners should start finding out very soon. Notifications to the randomly-selected diversity visa or "green card lottery" winners are being sent between May and July 2009. Following is some information about the DV-2010 lottery from the State Department Diversity Visa Program website.
If you are chosen as a lottery winner, an official letter from the U.S. Department of State Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky will be sent to the mailing address that you provided in your application. (Selected applicants are NOT notified by e-mail.) Being selected as a lottery winner does not guarantee that you will receive a visa; you must still apply and qualify for the immigrant visa. The notification letters will provide further instructions, including information on additional forms and documentation required and immigrant visa application fees.
Interviews for the DV-2010 program will begin in October 2009. Applicants who applied overseas will receive an appointment letter from the Kentucky Consular Center four to
six weeks before the scheduled appointment. DV-2010 visas will be issued between October 1, 2009, and September 30, 2010. Applicants must obtain the diversity visa or adjust status by the end of the fiscal year.
If you were not selected in the random drawing, you will not receive any notification. But new this year, applicants have a way of confirming whether or not they were selected. From the DV-2010 instructions:
Starting with DV-2010, all entrants, including those NOT selected, will be able to check the status of their entry through the E-DV website and find out if their entry was or was not selected. Entrants should keep their own confirmation page information from the time of their entry (October 2, 2008, to December 1, 2008) until they may check the status of their entry online. Status information for DV-2010 will be available online from July 1, 2009, until June 30, 2010.
If you haven't received a notification letter by July, be sure to check your status on the E-DV website. (The E-DV website is normally only accessible during the application period, but should be up for the new online status check option on July 1st.)
Registration for the DV-2011 lottery will begin this October. Watch for more information about DV-2011 in August.
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