The Department of State (DOS) has posted the winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program for fiscal year 2015 on their website at:https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/(S(351x3hodbu55nwa1kod251qu))/default.aspx.
Applicants are reminded that the DOS will not notify winners, but that the applicants must go to this link using the confirmation number that they received at the time they submitted their application to determine whether they were chosen. If an applicant has lost their confirmation number, they will not be able to check the case status website and will have to apply for the next year's program. The case status check website is available from May 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The DOS has indicated that on May 1, 2014, the first day that the case status website went live, they experienced technical difficulties resulting in the wrong information being disclosed to applicants. Therefore, applicants who checked on whether they were selected on May 1, 2014 are instructed to return to the case status website to re-check whether they were selected.
If an applicant was chosen, the case status website will provide further instructions on how to complete the immigrant visa application. Fiscal year 2015 selectees must complete the application process via the DS-260, Immigrant Visa Electronic Application through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) in contrast with applicants from prior years who had to complete two paper forms, the DS-230 and the DSP-122. Applicants processing under the Visa Lottery Program for fiscal year 2014 will continue to use the paper forms DS-230 and DSP-122. Furthermore, the DOS has indicated that selectees should not use the CEAC Status Check website during the time that their form DS-230 is being processed by the KCC since the status check functionality is not available yet. They will receive an error message that their case number is not found.
Current law allows 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. The DOS chose the winners from around 9.3 million eligible entries from applicants that registered during a one-month period that ran from October 1, 2013 through November 2, 2013. Individuals that were selected are reminded that they must act immediately to complete the process since applicants who do not complete the process by September 30, 2015 will not be able to obtain their green card through the program.