If you have been selected in the diversity visa lottery, and are in the United States, you might consider adjusting your status. To adjust your status you need to make sure you are eligible by checking your rank number against the DOS visa bulletin. We explain your diversity visa lottery rank number and how to find it here.
How do you find your rank number for the diversity visa lottery?
To find your rank number for the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, you need to check the results of the lottery. Here is the general process:
- Confirmation Number: Retrieve your DV lottery confirmation number. This is the unique number you received when you submitted your entry for the lottery.
- Results Announcement: The U.S. Department of State typically publishes the results of the DV lottery on its official website. The results are usually available in May of the year following the lottery entry period. Check the official website to find the announcement and see if you have been selected.
- Entrant Status Check: Visit the Entrant Status Check page on the official DV lottery website. Enter your confirmation number, last name, and year of birth in the provided fields. Follow the instructions and submit the information.
- Selection Notification: After submitting your details, the system will inform you whether you have been selected or not. If you are selected, you will receive further instructions on the next steps to take. If you were not selected, the system will notify you accordingly.
- Rank Number: If you are selected, your rank number, also known as the case number, will be provided in the selection notification. The case number is important for determining when you can proceed with your application for an immigrant visa. The lower the case number, the earlier you will have the opportunity to apply.
- Visa Bulletin: To determine your rank number’s significance, refer to the monthly Visa Bulletin published by the U.S. Department of State. The Visa Bulletin outlines the availability of immigrant visas based on different categories and countries of changeability. You need to match your case number with the corresponding month and year in the Visa Bulletin to see if your rank number is eligible to proceed with the application.
It’s important to note that only a limited number of DV lottery winners are selected each year, and not all selected winners will receive visas due to the numerical limits. Therefore, having a low-rank number is crucial for securing an immigrant visa.
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