After about a month delay the results are in! On Sunday, June 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of State posted the results of the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV Lottery), known as the Green Card lottery, one of the most popular visa programs. This year’s result was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
All the diversity visas available this fiscal year, must be issued no later than Sept. 30, 2021. The State Department has also stressed the Entrant Status website is the only way the lottery winners are announced. Notification letters will not be mailed to selectees and embassies and consulates will not provide a list of names. All applicants must go to the online Entrant Status Check website at https://dvprogram.state.gov/ as soon as possible to reserve your place in line.
Albeit a major step, this is just the beginning. Each year between 10-20 Million applicants apply for the DV Lottery, and approximately 100 Thousand applicants are selected at this stage. About half of the applicants will meet all the qualifications necessary.
Therefore around 50-55 Thousand will ultimately be eligible to live in the United States as a permanent resident. This year, lottery winners will face added challenges due to the new Public Charge laws as well as the newer Travel Bans related to COVID-19.
Contacting an immigration attorney is recommended to increase chances of being able to legally immigrate to the United States and achieve the American Dream with a green card in hand in 2021.
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