The Department of State (DOS) has posted the winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program for fiscal year 2016 on their website at: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/ The Diversity Visa Lottery Program allocates for 50,000 immigrant visas "green cards" to be granted annually to foreign nationals that meet certain requirements from countries that have low rates of immigration to the United States. Last year, the DOS received over 9.3 million entries.

The DOS will not notify winners. Applicants must go to the abovementioned link using the confirmation number that they received at the time they submitted their application to check whether they were chosen. Applicants who have lost their confirmation number will not be able to check the status of their application and will have to apply for the next year's program. The case status check website is available until September 30, 2016.

If an applicant's entry was selected, the DOS case status website will provide further instructions on next steps. Selectees must submit a Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Electronic Application online through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC), prepare supporting documentation and attend an interview at their local US Embassy or Consulate. Applicants who are already present in the United States, may be able to process for their green card in the United States.

Individuals that were selected are reminded that they must act immediately to complete the process since not all selected entries are guaranteed a green card. The DOS notifies over 100,000 individuals that they were selected to ensure that the full 50,000 visas are used during the fiscal year. The program works on a first-come first-serve basis, therefore, selectees that either do not meet the program requirements or that wait too long to complete the process may not be able to obtain a green card.