Green Card Lottery Results
How to Check your Green Card Lottery Results
When you apply for the Green Card Lottery, it is up to you to check your results each year to see if you won. The US State Department does not directly contact the winners of the Green Card Lottery. Checking for the results is easy and straightforward. All you need is your Green Card Lottery Confirmation Number, your last name and year of birth. When you apply through the USAGCL Office, we store all of this information for you, to make it easier to check your results. The USAGCL Office can offer you peace of mind knowing you do not run the risk of losing your Green Card Lottery Confirmation Number, without which you would be unable to check each year results. The USAGCL Office will also send you a reminder email just before the results come in so you can make sure you don’t forget.
When are Results are Released?
The Green Card Lottery releases the results of each year lottery the following may after your application. So, if you applied for the Green Card Lottery in 2016, the results will be released for you to check on May 3rd of 2018. The US State Department only released only one batch of winners per year, except under extremely unusual circumstances. 100,000 winners are selected in early November after the Lottery closes, in order to make sure all 50,000 Green Cards reserved for the program will be issued. If you are concerned about your country of residence finding out if you applied, keep in mind that unless your country monitors your internet activity, all applications are kept confidential. No one is able to check the results of the Green Card Lottery without a Green Card Lottery Confirmation Number.
How are Winners are Selected?
Each year, 50,000 individuals are selected as winners of the Green Card Lottery. As long your application was accepted, everyone has an essentially equal chance of winning because the winners are selected completely at random. You can slightly increase your chances by having your legal spouse apply, since winners of the Green Card Lottery can sponsor their spouse by filing Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative). This effectively doubles your chances of winning. Other than that, the best way to increase your chances of winning is to apply through the USAGCL Office who will help you through every step of the way to make sure your application is acceptable and properly submitted.
While your country of origin does not implicitly affect the results, the US Government does not issue more than 7% of any fiscal year available visas to a single country. This has to do with the fact that the program was specifically designed to diversify the American population. The 7% restriction ensures that no one country is granted a disproportionate number of winners of the Green Lottery.