Every year, the U.S. government conducts a diversity visa (DV) lottery program, also known as the Green Card lottery, to provide an opportunity for foreign nationals to apply for permanent residency in the United States. The DV lottery for 2024 has closed, and many applicants are eagerly waiting for the results. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the DV lottery, the results, and what you need to know if you’re one of the lucky winners.
Effective May 6th, 2023, all applicants who submitted an entry and participated in the Green Card lottery during the period from October 5th to November 8th of the previous year, will be able to verify whether fortune has smiled upon them.
We’ll take a closer look at the DV lottery, the results, and what you need to know if you’re one of the lucky winners.
What is the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery?
The DV lottery is a program that provides a chance for individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States to apply for a green card. Each year, the U.S. government makes available 55,000 immigrant visas through the DV lottery. The lottery is open to individuals from countries that have had fewer than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years.
To participate in the DV lottery, applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria, such as
- Having a high school education or equivalent, or two years of work experience in a qualifying occupation
- Applicants must also be from an eligible country and submit an online application during the designated period.
What Happens After Applying for the DV Lottery?
After submitting an application for the DV lottery, applicants receive a confirmation number that they can use to check the status of their application. The U.S. Department of State will announce the results of the lottery in May of the following year. Winners of the lottery will then have to go through a rigorous process of providing additional information and documentation to the U.S. government to confirm their eligibility.
It is important to note that winning the DV lottery does not guarantee a green card.
The percentage of people who receive a Green Card after winning in the DV lottery varies from year to year and depends on various factors such as the number of visas available, the number of selectees, and the rate of visa refusals. In general, the U.S. government typically selects more winners than the number of available visas, as not all selectees will follow through with the application process or meet the eligibility requirements. According to the U.S. Department of State, the worldwide average rate of Green Card issuance for DV selectees from fiscal year 2016 to 2020 was approximately 47%. However, it's important to note that the rate may differ depending on the region or country of the selectee. Ultimately, it is up to each individual winner to successfully complete the application process and meet all eligibility requirements to receive a Green Card.
The U.S. government has the discretion to deny visas to individuals who have committed certain crimes or have health issues that could pose a threat to public safety or national security.
What Happens If You Win the DV Lottery?
If you are one of the lucky winners of the DV lottery, you will be eligible to apply for a green card. This process involves submitting additional documentation and going through a thorough background check. You will also need to attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.
Once you receive your green card, you will be able to live and work in the United States permanently. You will also be able to apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time.
Here are the steps to check the DV 2024 lottery results:
- Go to the U.S. Department of State’s Diversity Visa Program website at dvprogram.state.gov
- Click on the “Check Status” button.
- Enter your confirmation number, last name, and year of birth in the spaces provided.
- Click on the “Submit” button.
- If you have been selected for further processing, you will see a message with instructions on how to proceed. If you have not been selected, you will see a message that says “Not Selected”.
- If you have lost or misplaced your confirmation number, you can click on the “Forgot Confirmation Number” button and follow the prompts to retrieve it.
It is important to note that the U.S. government will not notify winners of the DV lottery by email or phone. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check the status of their application on the Diversity Visa Program website. Additionally, it is important to be wary of scams or fraudulent websites that may try to charge a fee for checking the DV lottery results.
The U.S. government does not charge a fee to check the status of your application or to receive a visa if you are selected.
What if You Don’t Win the DV Lottery?
If you are not selected in the DV lottery, there are other options available to immigrate to the United States. For example, you may be eligible for an employment-based green card, if you have a job offer from a U.S. employer, or if you have extraordinary ability in your field. You may also be able to apply for a family-based green card if you have a close family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
It is important to note that the process for obtaining a green card through other means may be more complicated and time-consuming than the DV lottery. It is also important to work with an experienced immigration attorney to navigate the process and ensure that you are eligible for the appropriate visa category.
The DV lottery provides a unique opportunity for individuals from eligible countries to apply for permanent residency in the United States. If you are one of the winners of the DV lottery, you will need to go through a rigorous process to confirm your eligibility and ultimately receive your green card. If you are not selected in the DV lottery, there are other options available, but it is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney to navigate the process.