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Entrants Can Check Results of Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery

By May 2, 2012

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The U.S. State Department is allowing entrants to the 2013 Diversity Visa green card lottery to begin checking their status online.

The entrant status check is open from May 1, 2012 until Sept. 30, 2013. Those who have entered the lottery are reminded to keep their confirmation numbers, since the government might select more DV 2013 applicants beginning on Oct. 1.

The State Department does not notify successful lottery entrants. Check the official government website to find out your status. The DV-2013 registration period was from Oct. 4, 2011 until Nov. 5, 2011.

The State Department is warning entrants about a "notable increase and reporting" of fraudulent emails and letters. Beware of scammers who try to solicit fees for services. Be sure you're dealing only with the U.S. government.

It's important for entrants to check their status carefully and keep their confirmation information because the diversity visa lottery has had its share of mistakes and glitches in the past. Keep checking until you're sure your result is correct and final.

The idea behind this green card lottery is to give foreigners who don't have family or prospective employers in the United States a chance to come here and help the country become more ethnically diverse. Entrants for DV-2013 and future lotteries should check with the government and follow its recommendations.

The odds of success are remote. The government received more than 19 million applicants in 2011 for the 50,000 spots. Congress began the diversity visa program in 1995 when it authorized the idea of randomly giving away 50,000 green cards each year.

Comments

May 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm
(1) marta says:

Hi, thanks for your post. The page https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ has been unaccessible since yesterday a couple of hours after they allegedly posted the results. Initially I could access the page but I could never get through the search (via a form). After a few tried the website just became unavailable. I don’t know if there are too many people trying, or the site is completely broken down. What’s surprising is that there are now news anywhere…

May 3, 2012 at 10:45 am
(2) rosemary says:

i have been trying to see whether my number has been chosen,but it seems there are too many people on the line.

May 8, 2012 at 1:26 am
(3) Henryk A. Kowalczyk says:

Visa lottery is the biggest idiocy of our current immigration system. http://www.freedomofmigration.com/why-do-we-have-illegal-immigration/

June 25, 2012 at 2:12 am
(4) Ruth says:

Hi. I have been trying to check results via the page given for 3 weeks now but without success. What could be the problem?

July 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm
(5) Noa says:

I was trying to check my husband confirmation number for the 2013 lottery but it doesn’t work…how can his confirmation check his status?

August 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm
(6) amankwah says:

checking its been difficult

August 16, 2012 at 2:16 am
(7) opeyemi says:

honestly i ave being trying to access the page till today still i avent to enable me check the confirmation no i was given. i dont want to believe that the page is completely shut down

September 12, 2012 at 7:34 am
(8) Godwin says:

Been trying to check my number since yesterday but it either says the page is unsafe or it keeps sending me back to re-type my number.What do I do??

September 15, 2012 at 3:34 am
(9) mohammad says:

what is mean my approv no. 116072345-265
and what is the next step

September 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(10) mohammad says:

i lost my confirmation number what ican do . advise me
and i recipt approved no.whatis that mean

October 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(11) Maria says:

Hey guys,
i lost my confirmation number and i wonder if there is another way to check my status for the lottery 2013 ?

Hope to hear some answers from you ASAP.

Thanks.

October 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(12) Unforainfatte says:

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October 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(13) Eve-Marie says:

Hello there,

I had seen something about a redrawing on October 22nd but when I check it still says I haven’t been selected and to keep it until early October for the other drawing… Does anyone know if the current results include the latest drawing of this month? I can’t find any information anywhere…

Thanks,
EVe-Marie

November 2, 2012 at 10:41 am
(14) JUDY WARINGA KAIRIANJA says:

Hello,
I’ve been checking my visa but the answer i get is “has not been selected” but hope and trust that i will one day be selected. i really wish to be in USA. wish great and wonderful moment as you continue with your good job.

THANK YOU,
Judy Kairianja

February 6, 2013 at 2:54 am
(15) Rayhon says:

hiii! I was chosen as a winner of Green Card Lottery last year. in March of 2012 I got some emails confirming that. But unfortunately because of some personal issues in the family I couldnt use the chance given to me. I wanna know if the term of entering finished, or if I may use that chance again

February 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm
(16) JON says:

HELLO IS THE LAST NAME THE SAME AS THE ENTRANT NAME?..I AM A BIT CONFUSED HHERE,I WANT TO KNO IF IT IS THE SAME PLS.THANK YOU

May 1, 2013 at 5:29 am
(17) ERHIMU DICKSON says:

i lost my confirmation number and i wonder if there is another way to check my status for the lottery 2013 ?

May 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(18) OSEE says:

HOW DO I KNOW IF I WON THE GREEN CARD–

June 22, 2013 at 6:15 am
(19) babak says:

Honorable madam/sir,
I write this email to follow up current status of my DV lottery 2013 case. My interview date was APRIL 2013 in yerevan.
During my interview, the honorable and dear officer has told me that my documents are complete and just need to wait 6 weeks for further processing.
But after 6 weeks my case is not cleared yet. Would you please review and let me know what is the current status of my case?
should i provide you with further information in order to facilitate my processing?
Do you think there is a problem in the process of reviewing my case?
your kind consideration for above mentioned request is highly appreciated.
with best regards, thank you and have a nice time.

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