The DOS recently indicated that online registration for the Fiscal Year 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery program will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Although the DOS provided information about the registration dates, the DOS did not release information about the next Diversity Visa Lotteryprogram. Additional information about this program will be available in our firm's Immigration Alert when it becomes available.

The DOS also indicated that individuals who submitted applications in the Fiscal Year 2013 Visa Lottery may now check on the DOS's website to confirm if they "won" the lottery. Please note that the DOS is no longer notifying individuals by mail if they "won" the lottery. Instead, individuals must confirm whether they won the lottery on the DOS website. Although the DOS updated its website on May 1, 2012 with the "winners" of the Fiscal Year 2013 Visa Lottery program, the DOS encouraged applicants who were not selected initially to recheck the website on or after October 1, 2012 because it may select more entries as "winners", depending on the response that the DOS receives to the initial group that was selected. The DOS reminded entrants that if they lost or misplaced the confirmation that they received when submitting the initial lottery application, that they will not be able to confirm whether or not they "won" the lottery. In the Fiscal Year 2013 Visa Lottery, the DOS only received approximately 12.5 million entries. This number is significantly less than the 19.6 million entries that it received for the Fiscal Year 2012 Visa Lottery.