Beginning Wednesday May 1, entrants from the 2012 diversity visa (green card) lottery can check on-line at the U.S. State Department’s “Electronic Diversity Visa” Entrant Status Check (ESC) web site to see if they won.
Applicants need three pieces of information from their green card lottery application:
- CONFIRMATION NUMBER,
- FAMILY NAME (Last Name), and
- BIRTH YEAR.
Entrant Status Checking will be available from May 1, 2013 until April 30, 2014.
The confirmation number was provided if you successfully entered the lottery (“DV-2014”) last fall. It is the 16-character number, similar to this: 2014lO0DZWY1DOV9. When checking your number, do not confuse a “1” with an “I” or a “0” with an “O” which, of course, are separate characters. Next, enter the 4 digit “CAPTCHA” security code shown on the bottom of the screen.
Lost confirmation number? If you lost your confirmation number from last year, you will be unable to check your winning status. The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), which administers the program, cannot look up your number. Therefore if you lost your number you cannot win the lottery.
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. And they should have already provided you with your official confirmation number so you can also check yourself to see if you won.
Once you complete the Entrant information and enter the Authentication Code, the status of your entry will be displayed. It will show a different message based on whether or not your entry was selected for further processing, or if an interview appointment has been scheduled.
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 2014 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. And, after you have received a notification e-mail, the site will display an appointment letter with information about your immigrant visa interview.
More information. If you do not receive a selectee e-mail by August 1, 2013, but your entry was selected, then the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) should be your next point of contact. The KCC can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. Or if you have additional questions about the lottery, you can visit the myGreencard.com FAQ page at www.mygreencard.com/faq.php.
The second article in this series on the Diversity Visa Lottery will discuss the latest information on the upcoming calendar year 2013 lottery (“DV-2015”).