DV 2018 results will be released on May 2, 2017 (at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4)).
All DV-2018 entrants must go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2018 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov starting May 2, 2017, through at least September 30, 2018.
If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection for DV-2018. The Department of State will not mail notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have not been selected also ONLY will be notified through Entrant Status Check. You are strongly encouraged to access Entrant Status Check yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you.
In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. The DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, electronically, and the consular officer, in person, will ask you questions about your eligibility to immigrate under U.S. law. These questions include criminal and security related topics.
All selectees, including family members, must be issued by September 30, 2018. Under no circumstances can the Department of State issue DVs or approve adjustments after this date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States after this date.
In order to ensure the use of all available visas, the Department of State may use Entrant Status Check to notify additional selectees after May 2, 2017. Retain your confirmation number until September 30, 2018 in case of any updates. The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is dvlottery.state.gov.
You must have your confirmation number to access Entrant Status Check. A tool is now available in Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website that will allow you to retrieve your confirmation number via the email address with which you registered by entering certain personal information to confirm your identity.
DV 2018 instructions: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html
E-DV Website: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/