Beginning Thursday May 1, 2014 registrants from last year’s 2013 green card lottery ("DV-2015") can check on-line at the U.S. State Department’s “Electronic Diversity Visa” Entrant Status Check (ESC) website to see if they won.
Diversity visa applicants require three only pieces of data from their green card lottery registration: CONFIRMATION NUMBER, FAMILY NAME (Last Name), and BIRTH YEAR.
If you are a winner and wish to adjust your status in the U.S., file your application to adjust status or apply for an immigrant visa as soon as your Ranking Number is Current on the Visa Bulletin. Since selection of the available 50,000 visas (including spouses and qualifying children) is on a first-come, first-serve basis, once these numbers have been taken, no further diversity immigrant visas can be issued, by law.
According to J. Stephen Wilson, author of “Win the Green Card Lottery! The COMPLETE Guide”:
The sooner you check your confirmation number and get your application process started, the greater your chances of winning a green card.
A confirmation number was provided to those who successfully entered the lottery last fall. It is the 16-character number, similar to this: 2015lO0DZWY1DOV9.
Wilson continued, "Those who lost their confirmation number can still check their winning status. The U.S. Department of State now provides a forgot confirmation number page to look up their number.
Once they complete the Entrant information and enter the Authentication Code, the status of their entry will be displayed. It will show a different message based on whether or not their entry was selected for further processing, or if an interview appointment has been scheduled.
If the entrant did not win they will receive this message: "Based on the information provided, the Entry HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED for further processing for the 2015 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."
Thomas Smith, Customer Service Manager of US Green Card Office, a United Kingdom-based ethical green card lottery service provider adds: "Those who failed to win last year’s lottery can register for the calendar year 2014 lottery now at http://click.usgreencardoffice.com/apply-2014."
If applicants won the lottery the ESC site will display information on what to do next. And, after they have received a notification e-mail, the site will display an appointment letter with information about their immigrant visa interview or adjustment of status.