The US Department of State issued the results of the drawing for the 2018 Visa Lottery.
For DV-2018 in total 14,692,258 participants submitted a qualified entry (23,088,613 with derivatives). Approximately 115,968 of these entries were selected for further processing through the Kentucky Consular Centre (KCC).
Selected Entrants can submit a Visa Application (apply for a Green Card). Every year 50,000 visas are made available for the Diversity Program.
The larger number of “winners” should insure that all available Diversity Visas are issued during Fiscal Year 2018. Past experience shows that some of the first 50,000 Selected Entrants decides not to pursue a visa. The Visa Number is then used for the Selectee next in line. The place in line is given at random.
To see the numbers of winners per Region and per Country:
The latest Visa Bulletin (August 2017) gives the following Allocation Cut-Off Numbers for the month of September 2017.
A Visa Number is available for each DV-2017 Winner with a Case Number below the Cut-Off Number for their region or country.
Nota Bene: DV-2017 ends on September 30, 2017, the last day of US Fiscal Year 2017. After that date no more visas can be issued for DV-2017.
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): CURRENT
SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN: CURRENT
CP Applicants (finalizing in home country):
Will get an email alert from KCC for the Second Notification Letter, containing instructions for the Visa Interview and the Medical Examination.
AOS Applicants (finalizing in US):
Should have the Medical Examination – if not undergone already.
Must send their I-485 application ‘package’ to a USCIS Lockbox and prepare for the AOS interview.