Through the DV lottery program, the State Department selects around 50,000 applications. through a computer generated system. This does not mean that all the selected applicants will become lawful permanent residents of the United States. Only the winners who meet the eligibility requirements will be qualified for an immigrant visa.
In order to check the progress of your application, you must retain the confirmation number that you had got while you filed an application to take part in the DV lottery program. In order to check your application status you must also have your name, surname and your date of birth.
While you check your application status, never copy and paste the information related to your name or the confirmation number, in the confirmation box. In doing so, the additional spaces will be considered as characters, which will in turn provide you with a notification stating that the information that you had entered is invalid. You may not be able to check your application without entering your name, surname or date of birth, as you will get a response saying that the information is invalid.
Check if you had won DV-2013 through Entrant Status Check
The Entrant Status Check for Diversity Visa lottery Program for DV-2013 will be available until the 30th of September, 2013. The only means through which the winners are notified is through the entrant status check. Notification letters and e-mails will not be sent to the winners by the US Department of State. To check whether you had won the DV lottery, you must check through the entrant status check using the confirmation number that you had obtained, at the time of filing your application to take part in the DV lottery program.
Individuals who are not selected will be notified through entrant status check. The list of winners will not be provided at the US embassies and the consulates.
As you get to know that you had won the lottery, through the entrant status check, on the E-DV website, you will be directed to a confirmation page which will contain further information, about the fees related to immigration to the United States. You will not be directed to the confirmation page containing information about the fees and other procedures if you had not won.
As the DV-2013 entrants are notified about their selection only through entrant status check, the instructions on how the winners can proceed with their application and notification about their immigrant visa interview appointment date and time will be available on the E-DV website only through the entrant status check.
Instruction about fees for the Diversity Visa application process
Randomly selected entrants or the winners will be provided with the notification instructions for the Diversity Visa application process on the confirmation page, through entrant status check. The instruction will provide detailed information about the Diversity Visa and immigrant visa fees. The fees must be paid in person only at the US Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular cashier will provide the concerned visa applicant with a US government receipt for payment, after receiving the payment
The winners who are applying for an immigrant visa at a US Embassy or Consulate must never send money for DV fees through mail or through any other service. If you are in the United States and if you had won the DV lottery, you may file an application for adjustment of status and you will acquire separate instructions about how you can mail DV fees to a US bank through the entrant status check.
The winners must pay the required visa processing fee and the immigrant visa fee for themselves and their eligible dependents. If you are a winner you will be required to pay a visa fee of $330.
The government of United States has never sent e-mails to inform the winners about their selection. The US government also has no plans to use e-mails for sending winning notifications for the DV-2013 program.
The selected winners will only receive e-mails containing information about their visa appointment. If you are a winner, you will receive e-mail notifications about your scheduled visa appointment only if you respond to the notification instructions on entrant status check. Those e-mails will also allow the winners to check the details about their interview appointment on entrant status check. The e-mails sent to the winners will not contain details about the actual interview appointment date and time.
Applying for a Visa
If you have been selected in the DV-2013 program, you may be entitled to apply for a visa only during the US Government Fiscal Year 2013, which is from the 1st of October 2012 to the 30th of September 2013. There are no exceptions towards applying for a visa as all the winners who are eligible must obtain their visas or adjust their status by the end of the fiscal year according to the US government.
You can also not carry-over the benefits of DV to the next year. The spouse and children applying for the derivative status can only acquire visas in the DV category between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.
Winners who are abroad will receive an appointment notification from the US Department of State, through entrant status check, on the E-DV website before four to six weeks from the date of the scheduled appointment.
After you are selected and after you respond to the notification instructions provided to you through entrant status check, the processing of your case will begin. You may receive follow-up e-mails from the US Department of State containing information and requesting you to review your entrant status check for new information regarding your application.
The selected applicants, on meeting the eligibility requirements, will be provided with an immigrant visa, with which they can enter the United States. The validity of that visa is for 6 months, hence the holder of that visa must enter the United States before the expiry of that visa and apply for a Green Card in the United States.
If you were not one among the lucky winners to win the DV lottery 2013 you can try your luck to win the DV lottery 2014. The registration dates will be announced by the US Department of State sooner, after which you can submit an entry in order to participate in the DV-2014 program.