Registrants from last year’s 2014 green card lottery “DV-2016” must check online at the U.S. State Department’s “Electronic Diversity Visa ”Entrant Status Check (ESC) web site to see if they won. May 5, 2015 is the first day Entrant Status Checking is available for the calendar year 2014 lottery.
No emails will be sent by the United States government to winners. If an applicant receives an email notifying them that they won and request money, it is always a fraud.
Applicants need three key pieces of information from their green card lottery registration print out from last year: Confirmation Number, Family Name (Last Name), and Birth Year.
The confirmation number was provided for those who successfully entered the diversity visa lottery. It is a 16-character number, similar to this: 2016lO0DZWY1DOV9. Then enter the “CAPTCHA” security code located on the bottom of the screen.
If you lost your confirmation number from last year you can still check your winning status. The U.S. Department of State now provides a forgot confirmation number page to look up your number.
If you entered via an ethical lottery service or an immigration attorney they should check your winning status for you since that is part of what you pay them for. However, they should also provide you with your official confirmation number so you can also check yourself to see if you won.
Once your information and CAPTCHA the status of your entry will be displayed. If you did not win you will receive this message:
Based on the information provided, the Entry HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED for further processing for the 2016 Electronic Diversity Visa program. Please verify that you have entered all information correctly. You may re-check the Entry status by clicking on the ESC Home Page link below.
If you won the lottery the ESC site will display a letter with information on what to do next. If you have questions you should contact a licensed immigration attorney, or contact the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) at email@example.com.