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What to do if you have lost your confirmation number for the green card lottery

On May 7 steel available the results of the DV-2023 green card lottery and you can check them only by the confirmation number assigned to the participant immediately after registration. But in the six months that pass from the moment of registration to the announcement of the results, the number could well have been lost. What to do in this case?

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If you have lost your DV-2023 green card confirmation code, the US Department of State will help you recover it. You can check the status of your application as a lottery participant until September 30, 2023 only on the official website On the site, you will need to enter the confirmation number you received after registration, indicate the name, surname and year of birth of the applicant.

For those who, for whatever reason, have lost or cannot find their confirmation number, the Department of State website offers the option to retrieve it.

To do this, the participant must indicate the year of the Diversity Visa lottery, last name, first name, patronymic (if any), date of birth and email address that he used to register in the lottery. Here link on the form to fill out. And so it looks:


If you have a confirmation number, you can enter it along with your last name and year of birth to check the results of the green card drawing. by this link.

It is worth remembering that winning the lottery does not guarantee receiving a green card. To immigrate to the USA, you must meet all the requirements that are presented applicants for immigration visas.

If you are already in the United States at the time you receive a notification about winning a green card, you have the opportunity change your status in the US to immigration.

Step-by-step instructions on what to do after receiving notification of a win

Fill in the visa application form

The site Consular Electronic Application Center you need to fill out an immigration visa application form - form DS-260. It is filled in English. In the questionnaire you need to specify personal data, marital status, provide information about the place of work, study, criminal record.

If from the moment of registration for participation in the lottery you have changed the family composition (got married, gave birth to a child), then new members of the family should always indicate in their form DS-260, otherwise you can be disqualified.

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For each family member - a separate form DS-260. This is an important nuance, and if you fill out one form for the whole family, then you immediately drop out of the “get a green card” marathon.

When the DS-260 form is completed, the confirmation page must be saved on the computer and then printed. She, among other documents, must be taken with him for an interview. The date of the interview will be sent to you by e-mail after you fill out the form DS-260.

Wait for an answer

First you will receive a letter with the following text: Has been received and routed to the appropriate group... This is a standard letter which means that your visa application has been received. And in 7-10 days another letter will be sent to your e-mail, this time addressed to you personally, in which it will be indicated whether the center needs any additional information. In addition, you will receive a letter from the center with the date of the appointment for the interview at the embassy or consulate.

If you want to go to the Kentucky Consular Center yourself (Kentucky Consular Center), where all the questionnaires are processed, and find out at what stage your case is now, you can send a request to the email address: or call: 1-606-526-7500 from 7: 30 to 16: 00. At the beginning of the conversation you need to immediately call the case number (Case number), the country in which the questionnaire was filled in, the name, surname and date of birth of the winner of the lottery.

Collect documents

While the Kentucky Consular Center is examining your questionnaires and setting an interview date, do not waste time. Collect and translate the documents you need into English. All documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Neither notarization nor apostille is required.

You need to prepare originals and translations of the following documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Diplomas confirming education
  4. Employment history
  5. Certificate stating that you have no criminal record. If you lived in several countries, then such certificates are needed from each country.
  6. Marriage / divorce certificates
  7. For those who served in the army - military ID
  8. Statement of account
  9. Documents on the valuation of real estate
  10. Help with the work that you are an employee / owner of the company.
Get a medical check-up

When they told you the date of the interview, it's time to undergo a medical examination. This can be done only in special certified centers, the addresses of which can be found at Online... The cost of this procedure is on average $ 215 from each family member planning to immigrate (in different countries, the price may differ by $ 10-15), and vaccination is paid separately.

Pass the interview

The medical board is behind, the envelope for the consul is in his arms, the date of the interview has been set. For the interview, you will need originals and translations into English of all documents, the results of the medical examination and the invitation to the interview itself. On the spot, at the embassy, ​​you need to pay a visa fee - $ 330 for each family member.

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If you have been interviewed, you will be issued a semi-annual visa. It is during the course of 6 months that all members of the family, or only the main applicant, will need to enter the US, otherwise the visa will be canceled. Also after the interview you will be issued a sealed envelope, which you need to give to the officer at the airport.

Every year, the US government allocates 55 thousands of immigrant visas that are raffled Green Card... There are always many more applicants - each year, an average of up to 9 million applicants participate in the drawing. Despite the fact that there are 55 thousand visas, more people always receive notifications about their winnings.

The reason is that not everyone brings what they started to the end: someone is not ready to bear the costs associated with obtaining visas, someone does not pass a medical examination or an interview, some applicants are refused due to incorrectly prepared documents. Therefore, the news that you have won the green card is not yet a reason to celebrate. This is just a signal for the start of a marathon lasting about a year.

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