The diversity lottery program was conducted per section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and 50,000 permanent resident visas are made available ever year to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.
The Diversity Visa (DV) 2012 results were made available online from 15th of July 2011. The results were released from 15th July 2011. The 22,000 applicants who were declared winners have to re-check their results again from July 15th this year. Remember not to pay any money till you arrive at your interview. The results of the DV 2012 will not be sent by postal mail. All the applicants can check their results only in the online official web site from the month of July 2011 through the end of June 2012.
The DV 2012 lottery program nearly had 14,768,000 people submitting their application forms online during the submission period in 2010. 100,021 winners were selected and were given the opportunity to get one of the available 50,000 US immigrant visas through the program. It is important to remember that the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) uses the only the online check facility to check the results.
In the 2012 DV lottery, the Africa region got 50,000 of the selected winner’s notifications. The significant number came from Nigeria 6002, Ghana 5,832, Ethiopia 4,902 and Egypt 4,664. In the Asian region, Iran topped with 4,453, followed by Nepal with 3,258 and Bangladesh with 2,373. In the European region, Ukraine had 5,799 winners followed by Uzbekistan with 4800 winners and Turkey following with 3,077. In the South and Central American region, Venezuela had 925 winner, Cuba 292 and Trinidad and Tobago with 175 applicants turning out successful. In the Oceania region, Australia got 900, followed by Fiji with 628 successful entries and New Zealand getting 309. The North American region saw Bahamas getting 15 winners.
To check the results, applicants should have their current confirmation number and their personal details. The confirmation number will not be reissued again. Apart from the confirmation number, there is no other way to check the results. The winners name list will not appear in any website. Similarly you cannot contact the American Embassies and the American Consular offices for your results as they cannot provide the names of the winners in the 2012 green card lottery program.
If you have won but do not have the required education/work experience, do not proceed with the winning. It is also important not to send money overseas through any banks or companies to get US visas. If you are selected in the program, you have to pay the required visa fees only at the local US Embassy on the day of your interview. Carefully follow the instructions given by the US consular office web site as how to pay the DV Lottery visa fees to them and about the future course of action..
Note that the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 allots up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated DV lottery be made available for use under the NACARA program.