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DV Lottery Program Entry Dates and Results Availability

Table of Diversity Visa Lottery dates.

The table below provides a historical overview of Diversity Visa Lottery (“Green Card Lottery”) program entry period dates and results notification dates.

Each DV program is listed both by its official program name that contains the U.S. Government’s fiscal year (e.g., "DV-2023") and the calendar year in which the DV program occurred.

Entry period dates refer to the specific days in a calendar year during which the U.S. State Department accepted visa lottery entries for that year's program. An approximate duration of each entry period is also given in months.

The results notification dates shown on this table describe the approximate date or timeframe during which applicants could expect to receive or lookup the results of their visa lottery entries.

Submission method describes the acceptable format that DV Lottery applications could be submitted for a particular DV Program (either paper applications that were mailed by regular post or electronic applications prepared via the internet).

Notification method explains how DV Lottery results were communicated to applicants during a specific DV year (either a notice letter sent by mail or an online results lookup process).

Sources for all data are also referenced.

DV Program Calendar Year Entry Period*

Duration (months)

Submission Method Results Available* Notification Method Reference
DV-2023 2021 not yet announced   Electronic only (internet).   Online lookup.

 

DV-2022

2020 October 7 - November 10 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 8, 2021 Online lookup. Source
DV-2021 2019 October 2 - November 5 Electronic only (internet). 

starting May 5, 2020

Online lookup. Source 
DV-2020 2018 October 3 - November 6 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 7, 2019 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2019 2017 October 3 - November 7 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 1, 2018 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2018 2016 October 4 - November 7 Electronic only (internet). starting May 2, 2017 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2017 2015 October 1 - November 3 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 3, 2016 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2016 2014 October 1 - November 3 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 5, 2015 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2015 2013 October 1 - November 2 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 1, 2014 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2014 2012 October 2 - November 3 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 1, 2013 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2013 2011 October 4 - November 5 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 1, 2012 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2012 2010 October 5 - November 3 Electronic only (internet).  starting May 1, 2011 Online lookup. Source 
DV-2011 2009 October 2 - November 30 Electronic only (internet). 

within 5-7 months of the November 30, 2009 closing

Letter by mail. Source 
DV-2010 2008 October 2 - December 1 Electronic only (internet).  within 5-7 months of the December 1, 2008 closing Letter by mail. Source 
DV-2009 2007 October 3 - December 2 Electronic only (internet).  within 5-7 months of the December 2, 2007 closing Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2008 2006 October 4 - December 3 Electronic only (internet).Electronic only (internet).  within 5-7 months of the December 3, 2006 closing Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2007 2005 October 5 - December 4 Electronic only (internet).  within 5-7 months of the December 4, 2005 closing Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2006 2004-2005 November 5, 2004 - January 7, 2005 2 Electronic only (internet).  within 5-7 months of the January 7, 2005 closing Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2005 2003 November 1 - December 30 Electronic only (internet).  within 5-7 months of the December 30, 2003 closing Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2004 2002 October 7 - November 6 Paper entry (by mail). April - June 2003 Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2003 2001 October 1 - October 31 Paper entry (by mail).  April - June 2002 Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2002 2000 October 2 - November 1 Paper entry (by mail).  May - July 2001 Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2001 1999 October 4 - November 3 Paper entry (by mail).  April - July 2000 Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-2000 1998 October 1 - October 31 1 Paper entry (by mail).  April - July 1999 Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-1999 1997 October 24 - November 24 1 Paper entry (by mail).  April - July 1998 Letter by mail.  Source 
DV-1998 1997 February 3 - March 5 Paper entry (by mail).  summer 1997 Letter by mail. Source 
DV-1997 1996 February 12 - March 12 Paper entry (by mail).  by July 1, 1996 Letter by mail. Source 
  1995 no lottery was held this calendar year          
DV-1996 1994 June 1 - June 30   2 Paper entry (by mail).  within 3 months of the June 30, 1994 closing Letter by mail. Source 

*Dates given here for entry period and results available are based on initial published notices. In some cases, the actual dates changed due to delays or technical problems.

 

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