All the DV lottery applications will be numbered separately at the Kentucky Consular Center. A computer will randomly select from the applications for each geographic region. All the applications have the same chance of getting selected in this lottery program. Those selected will receive appointment letters from the Kentucky Consular Center four to six weeks before the interview with the US consular officers overseas. The selected applicants will then have to pay all immigrant visa fees in person at the US embassy or Consulate at the time of visa application.
If you are selected in the DV lottery, you will be required to submit a formal application and undergo further processing to get a immigrant visa. If you are already in the US, you can adjust your status and then the final process would be requesting a green card. If you win the lottery and want to adjust status in the US, ensure that you file the application as soon as the Ranking number is current on the Visa Bulletin as the visas are issued on a first come, first served basis.
You have to respond to the electronic notice from the Kentucky Consular Center or you might not benefit from having won the DV lottery. If you do not respond well ahead of the deadline mentioned, chances are that your application can be rejected. In such a case, you will have to re- apply. You must prove that you can support yourself financially once in the U.S. and are admissible .
Winning entrants will receive notification instructions for the DV lottery visa application process on the confirmation page available through Entry Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Per the instructions, the selected applicants have to pay all diversity and immigrant visa fees in person only at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular cashier or consular officer will give the visa applicant a U.S. Government receipt for the payment made. If you are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, do not send money for DV fees through the mail, Western Union, or any other service. Selected applicants who are already present in the United States and who file for adjustment of status will receive separate instructions on how to submit DV fees to a US bank.
The KCC, consular offices, or the U.S. Government have never and never will send e-mails to notify individuals that they have been selected. Selected entrants will only receive e-mail communications from the KCC informing them that a visa appointment has been scheduled after they have responded to the notification instructions on Entry Status Check. Such e-mails will direct the selected applicants to check their interview appointment details on Entry Status Check and it will not contain information on the actual appointment date and time.
If you are selected, you have to provide evidence that you will not become a public charge in the United States before being issued a visa. This proof can be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from a friend or relative in the United States, and/or an offer of employment from an employer in the US.
If you are selected in the DV lottery you will be required to submit a formal application and undergo further processing to get an immigrant visa. If you are already in the US, you can adjust your status and then the final process would be requesting a green card.