Selection of applicants
Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will
randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries. All DV-2018 entrants must go
to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2018 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 dvlottery.state.gov starting May 2, 2017, through at
least September 30, 2018.
If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further
instructions, including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant
Status Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their
selection for DV-2018. The Department of State will not mail 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 ONLY will be notified 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.
In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. The DS-260, Online
Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, electronically, and the consular officer, in person,
will ask you questions about your eligibility to immigrate under U.S. law. These questions include
criminal and security related topics.
All selectees, including family members, must be issued by September 30, 2018. Under no
circumstances can the Department of State issue DVs or approve adjustments after this date, nor can
family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date.
See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process.
Go NEXT >> Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)