Entrants in the Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012) Diversity Visa Lottery can now access the Department of State’s (DOS) website in order to determine whether they have “won” the lottery. As indicated in our firm’s previous Immigration Updates, the DOS will not be notifying “winners” of the fiscal year 2012’s visa lottery by mail. Instead, the only way to determine if an entrant in the lottery has actually “won” the lottery is to access the DOS’ Diversity Visa website at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants will need to use the information from their Diversity Visa Lottery confirmation pages saved at the time of the entry. The results of the lottery will be available on the DOS website through June 30, 2012. If an entrant has lost his/her confirmation information, he/she will not be able to check his/her lottery entry status. The DOS’ indicated that it will not be able to resend the confirmation page information.

There are numerous fraudulent companies that are sending emails indicating that for a fee they can determine if an entrant has “won” the fiscal year 2012 visa lottery. However, these companies are engaged in a scam because the DOS has not release this information to any outside entity. Entrants should not pay a company in order to determine whether they have “won” the visa lottery. Instead, entrants must access the DOS’ Diversity Visa Lottery website as indicated above to determine if they have “won” and if so, how they should proceed to complete the “green card” process. All entrants of the Fiscal Year 2012 Diversity Lottery who have “won” must complete the “green card” process by September 30, 2012, if otherwise eligible.

The next visa lottery for Fiscal Year 2013 will most likely open in October 2011.