Results of the Diversity Visa lottery for fiscal year 2020 are now available on the State Department’s Electronic Diversity Visa lottery page. The lottery allots 50,000 green cards to individuals from countries with historically low levels of immigration to the U.S. Entries for fiscal 2020 were accepted Oct. 3, 2018 to Nov. 6, 2018.

Key dates and procedures:

  • Beginning noon EDT May 7, 2019, entrants may check if they have been selected online at the Entrant Status Check DV-2020 website.
  • Individuals who entered the lottery must provide their entry confirmation number, last name and year of birth to check their status. All entrants should keep their confirmation number at least through September 2020.
  • Those who are selected in the lottery will be given instructions in Entrant Status Check about how to apply for immigrant visas for themselves and for eligible family members.

BAL Analysis: Applicants are reminded that the State Department’s Entrant Status Check webpage is the only official source where results are posted. They must use the official website to find out if they have been selected in the lottery and, if selected, to check for the date of their immigrant visa appointment, as the U.S. government does not directly notify winners. The State Department also instructs entrants in the fiscal 2020 lottery to retain their confirmation number until at least Sept. 30, 2020.

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