It’s been three weeks since the DV 2020 results were released. By now, so many entrants have checked their results. There are still many others who yet have to do so. A number of entrants – especially those new to the Lottery – are still finding it difficult to check their result, and have been asking how to go about doing it. This is how.
How to Check Your Result
To check your result, go to the official DV website at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov.
Once there, click on CHECK STATUS. On the page that opens, click on CONTINUE. And on the next page that appears, you will find four (4) spaces where you will have to provide the following information (the instructions to that effect are available on that same page):
1. In the first space, you will have to type in your CONFIRMATION NUMBER exactly as it is. Your confirmation number is the 14 digit number mentioned on the confirmation page you received or printed out when you entered the Lottery in October or November last year. It always begins with the DV YEAR – in this case, it begins with 2020, followed by 10 other letters and numbers mixed.
2. In the second space, you will have to put in your LAST NAME only. That’s your family name – without your first and middle names. On your confirmation page, it’s the name that comes BEFORE the comma; leave out the ones that follow the comma.
3. In the third space, provide the YEAR you were born. (Do not include the month and day/date). Your year of birth also appears on your confirmation page.
4. When the page opens, an image is generated right above the fourth and final space provided. It usually contains a few letters and/or numbers which sometimes demand a certain level of care to be recognized. Carefully identify the characters, and reproduce them (type them exactly as they are) in the final space. In case the said image doesn’t appear, refresh your page to have it appear.
Then, click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. And your result will display. Good luck!
NB: Your will not get to know your result if ANY ONE of the above pieces of information is wrongly entered. In such a case, you will be requested to identify the error, and make the necessary correction(s) and then resubmit, in order for your result to appear.
As is the case every year, selectees are far less than those not selected. You may have already checked your result, and may have learned that you were not selected. That’s the case of the majority of entrants who are familiar with the below screen shot.
This means – as it states – that you were not selected (you didn’t win). Do not despair. Recheck at the end of September to see if a possible update of the results includes you by then. (In some years, very few initially unselected entrants are added to the selectees list around September. Meaning, it is possible for you not to be selected in May, but find out by October that your result later changed). If, on the other hand, your result that indicates “not selected” remains till October, simply try again during the next Entry period which would begin a few days later or perhaps, already ongoing.
A number of curious unselected entrants occasionally ask how do selectees get to know when they are selected. And this is the answer: they are addressed a formal letter by KCC, indicating that they “have been randomly selected for further processing in the Diversity Visa Lottery,” with details regarding their next line of action. It appears like this (actual name, address and selectee case number have been removed):
If the above screen shot was the outcome of your result checking, then carefully read and follow the instructions included in that letter. Anyone with basic English reading comprehension skills would understand the contents and do what is required. For those who still find it difficult in doing it themselves, we are going to publish a series of articles intended to walk you through the process; from receiving the letter shown above, referred to as First Notification Letter (NL1, for short), to preparing for your interview.
You may ask questions in the comments box at the bottom of this page. We would be quite glad to help you out if and when you get stuck during the process. Wishing you the best of luck!