The U.S. State Department has announced today that it has postponed the diversity visa lottery result date from May 5, 2020 to June 5, 2020. The State Department has also announced that this delay will not impact the process of reviewing diversity visa applications and interviews, which are set to begin on October 1, 2020.
The DV lottery program makes 50,000 green card numbers available each year through random selection, in 2017, there were more than 22.4 million applicants. FY 2021 lottery results will be announced in May 2020. Foreign nationals selected in the FY 2021lottery can submit their green card applications starting on October 1, 2020. The visa is open to natives of countries that have historically low rates of immigration to the United States. To learn more about the diversity visa, please click here.
This year, those born in the following countries are ineligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Those people who cannot register because their country of birth is excluded may be able to qualify through a spouse who was born in an eligible country or, in certain circumstances, through a parent’s country of birth. The State Department chooses lottery winners by random computer selection. Results will be published starting May 5, 2020 through at least September 30, 2021, on the official DV lottery entry status website.
DV fraud is very common, foreign nationals who are applying for this visa should be aware of the following:
There is only one authorized DV lottery website and it is located on the State Department website. The application is free, any website, individual, or company asking or claiming a governmental fee to enter is fraudulent. The State Department does not send out email, letters, or faxes about the DV lottery, the official website is the only place to find out about results and register. Applicants may use a lawyer or other representative to prepare a lottery registration, but they should be wary of commercial websites that claim to register applicants outside of the registration period or purport to be authorized by the State Department to accept registrations for a fee.
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