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How to Check If You Have Won the 2024 US Visa Lottery: A Comprehensive Guide

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The United States Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the Visa Lottery, provides a unique opportunity for 55,000 foreign nationals and their families to legally immigrate to the United States with a green card. The program is available to individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the US.

The announcement made by the US Department of State states that applicants who entered the 2024 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2024) will learn whether they have been randomly selected for a visa on May 6, 2023. To determine if they have been selected, applicants can check the status of their application at the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, using the unique confirmation number they saved from their DV-2024 entry registration through a blue button labeled “Check Status.”

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If you are one of the selectees, you will be directed to a confirmation page that provides additional instructions, including information about fees connected to immigrating to the US. Remember that being selected does not guarantee that you will receive a visa or even the opportunity to make a visa application or schedule an interview. Instead, it merely means that you may be eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa.

If you are selected and eligible for a visa, you must apply for visa issuance during Fiscal Year 2024, which is from Oct. 1, 2023, through Sep. 30, 2024. However, before receiving a visa, you must be admissible to the US, electronically submit Form DS-260, the Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, and pass an in-person consular interview, which includes criminal and security-related questions to determine eligibility.

It is important to note that while most people selected by the Diversity Visa Program live in a foreign country, some foreign nationals selected are already living in the US under a non-immigrant legal status. For those already living in the US under a non-immigrant legal status, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will process adjustment of status applications.

To check if you or a family member were selected in the visa lottery, you will need to log on to https://dvprogram.state.gov/ and provide your confirmation number or code issued when you registered for the program, surname as written in the electronic entry form, birth year with all four digits, and an authentication code indicated by the website.

For the most part, if you are one of the selectees, congratulations! But remember, being selected does not guarantee a visa. If you are not selected, do not give up hope. There are other ways to immigrate to the US, such as through employment or family sponsorship.

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