Checked Your Diversity Visa Lottery Results Yet?

Tickets in a basketThe results of the “DV-2014″ Diversity Visa Lottery (also called the “Green Card Lottery”) are now available, as of May 1, 2013, from the U.S. State Department. Winners will not receive any calls, emails, or other communications advising them — they need to go online and check the results themselves. (In fact, if you’ve received any calls or emails claiming you’ve won, it’s probably a scam, so watch out!)

For detailed instructions on finding out whether you have won, see the “How Will You Know If You Have Been Selected for the DV Lottery?” article on Nolo’s website. And if you have won, you’ll need to act quickly, so be sure to read, “How to Read the Diversity Visa Lottery Cutoff Numbers on the DOS Visa Bulletin” and other articles on the “Diversity Visa Lottery Green Cards” page of the Nolo website.

If you didn’t win this time around, I’d like to wish you better luck next year — except that there may not be a next year. The current, Senate version of proposed comprehensive immigration reform would eliminate the DV lottery in favor of other grounds of immigration eligibility.