DV 2016 results will be released on May 5, 2015.
Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at www.dvlottery.state.gov starting May 5, 2015.
Beginning on May 5, 2015 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), entrants from DV 2016 (those who submitted entries during the registration period between October 1, 2014 and November 3, 2014) may check the status of their entry online using the confirmation number through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.
Entrant Status Check is the only means of informing you if your entry was selected or not. All entrants, including those NOT selected, may check the status of their entries through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants will need to use the information from their confirmation pages saved at the time of entry.
Entrant Status Check is the sole means by which you will be notified if you are selected, provided further instructions on your visa application, and notified of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is www.dvlottery.state.gov.
Entrant Status Check for Diversity Visa Program for DV- 2016 will be available starting May 5, 2015, through at least June 30, 2016.
You must have your confirmation number to access Entrant Status Check. If you lose your confirmation number, a tool is now available in Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the eDV website that will allow you to retrieve your confirmation number via the email address you registered with by entering certain personal information to confirm your identity.
Diversity Visa Program Overview
The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the Department of State. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2016, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program.
Applicants who are selected in the lottery (“selectees”) must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. Selectees are chosen through a randomized computer drawing. Diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
Selection of Applicants
Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, individuals will be randomly selected by computer from among qualified entries. All DV-2016 entrants will be required to go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2016 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at www.dvlottery.state.gov starting May 5, 2015, through at least June 30, 2016.
If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2016. The Department of State will not mail out notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have not been selected also will be notified ONLY through Entrant Status Check. You are strongly encouraged to access Entrant Status Check yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you.
If you are selected, in order to receive a DV to immigrate to the United States, you still must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law. These requirements may significantly increase the level of scrutiny required and time necessary for processing for natives of some countries listed in this notice including, but not limited to, countries identified as state sponsors of terrorism.
All processing of entries and issuance of DVs to selectees meeting eligibility requirements and their eligible family members must be completed by midnight on September 30, 2016. Under no circumstances can DVs be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date.
2016 Entrant Status Check: https://dvlottery.state.gov/
DV 2016 Instructions: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html