How and when do you know the result?

Citizens from countries with low immigration rates to the United States who meet the entry requirements can register and apply for the visa between October and November, with results announced in May of the following year.

This year, the Visa Lottery results for fiscal year 2025 will be announced beginning Saturday, May 4 at noon ET, and will be available through September 30, 2025.

The document awarded in this lottery grants the beneficiary permanent legal residency in the United States, and may allow him or her to obtain U.S. citizenship in the future.

How do you know if you have been selected?

To find out if they have been selected, applicants should go to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program website and select the “Check Participant Status” feature.

Before visiting the page, it is important that you have the 16-digit confirmation number received during registration, the surnames as registered on the form, the year of birth and the authentication code provided by the system.

Then enter the required details and verification code and press “Submit” to see the result.

What do you do when you win?

If selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page, which will provide you with detailed instructions regarding the following requirements, including fees associated with your immigrant visa application.

Once they know the result, they can begin the immigrant visa and alien registration application process, and must submit Form DS-260 electronically to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS in English).

They will then proceed to an in-person interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate, where issues such as criminal records and security matters will be evaluated to determine their eligibility to immigrate to the United States.

Including family members, successful applicants must obtain their visas by September 30, 2025, as no visas will be issued or changes approved after that date.

Unique verification method

The authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have confirmed that they will not send notification letters or emails about the selection, and that the information will not be published through the country’s embassies and consulates, as the only official way to know the winners know is the website created by the program. .

They also noted that winning the lottery does not guarantee residency, and that all selected individuals must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law.

This includes being a citizen of a country with a low immigration rate to the United States, having 12 years of primary or secondary education or equivalent, and having at least two years of work experience in the past five years in an eligible profession.

Every year, the United States government releases a list of countries whose residents cannot apply because more than 50,000 citizens of these countries have immigrated to the United States in the past five years.

For the 2025 process, countries that were not eligible to apply include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Korea. Great Britain, Venezuela and Vietnam.

People who participated in the visa lottery have until September 30, 2024 to verify their winnings.

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fountain: With information from Telemundo, La Nación and El Tiempo