After a long wait, DV-2021 entrants can finally check the status of their entries beginning at 4:00 P.M. or 16 Hours GMT, today, June 6, 2020. The concerned are those who entered the DV-2021 Lottery online from October 2 to November 5, 2019.
The results were previously scheduled for release on May 5, 2020. The release was however postponed to today, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
How to Check your Result
To check your result, you need to have your Entry Confirmation Number, your Last Name or Family Name, and your Year of Birth.
Visit the official Diversity Visa Program website at dvprogram.state.gov, and click the blue CHECK STATUS button, which will lead you to the instructions page.
DV Entrant Status Check
On that page, click the blue CONTINUE button, and you will be taken to the Entrant Information page where you would need to enter the pieces of information mentioned above.
In the final field provided, reproduce the authentication code given, and finally click on the blue SUBMIT button.
IMPORTANT: When entering the information, make sure to enter each EXACTLY as it is. The slightest error on your part will return you an error notification instead of your result.
In case of error, review the information previously submitted, make all necessary corrections and resubmit.
You may also click on the CANCEL button which will take you to the ‘Session Canceled’ page. On that page, click on the ESC Home button, and you’ll be taken back to the instructions where you can continue the process as explained above.
If you’re NOT selected, you’ll see a notification that says,”Based on the information provided, the EntryHAS NOT BEEN SELECTED for further processing for the Electronic Diversity Visa program at this time.”
If selected, you will be duly addressed a letter informing you of your selection and the what to do next.
‘Normal’ Website Issues (VERY IMPORTANT!)
In general, it is almost impossible for one to succeed in checking their result immediately after the results are released. This is due to overcrowding of the website – so many entrants trying to access the platform at the same time. This will obviously be the case for the coming hours or even days.
Once you observe this situation, simply ‘withdraw’, and return to the site later. Later could be a number of hours or days from the last time you checked. As the traffic to the website decreases with time, every entrant will have the opportunity to peacefully check his/her result.
Understand this reality: it happens every year. It does not mean that the site is down or that the results have not been released. And don’t go about thinking that the U.S. President has ended the program. He has no part in it! It’s just the overcrowding of the website that is causing the problem. So simply wait until the website normalizes and can accommodate you.
Best of luck!