The DOS recently announced the results of the fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014) Diversity Visa ("DV") lottery. According to the DOS, 9.3 million entries (14.6 million with derivatives) were entered into the DV-2014 program. The DOS has notified approximately 140,660 applicants that they have been selected in the DV-2014 program. There are 50,000 "green cards" available in the DV-2014 program. The DOS indicated that it selected close to triple the number of available "green cards" in order to ensure that all of the green cards available were used by the program. The DOS indicated that once the 50,000 available "green card" are used, the program for fiscal year 2014 will end. All "winning" applicants have been assigned a number. When their number becomes available, they will be able to apply for a "green card" as long as "green cards" remain available in the program. The DOS announces "green card" availability two months prior to the "green card" becoming available. In the past, applicants who were eligible to apply for adjustment status in the United States had to wait until the "green card" became available to apply for adjustment of status. However, the USCIS recently announced a change in policy. The USCIS will now accept adjustment of status applications from DV lottery "winners" when the DOS announces that the "winners'" number will be available in the future.
The DOS indicated that it has not yet announced the registration dates for the DV-2015 program. However, for the past few years, the lottery program was held for 30 days in the month of October.