How are Green Card Lottery entrants selected?

People who register for the Green Card Lottery are selected after the registration period ends in early November and the results of the selection are released in early May of the following year. Winners are selected so that no one country or region receives a disproportionate amount of winners.

How will I know that I won the Green Card Program?

Though the U.S. State Department does not directly contact winners of the Green Card program, participants can check if they have won online at the State Department entry status website in early May of the year following their registration. If you registered for the Green Card program in 2014 then you will be able to see if you have won on early May 2015. If you register for the Green Card program in 2015, you can check if you have won in early May 2016.

How do I check the Green Card Program Results?

To check your results, you will need your year of birth, Green Card program confirmation number and your last name. At GreenCard123, we maintain a database of your information which makes it easy for you to check your results with just one click. We will also send you an email on early May to remind you to check the results.

Does the Department of State release more than one batch of winners?

Apart from uncommon situations, no. The Department of State selects over 100,000 winners in May to make sure that they will be able to issue the 50,000 Green Cards reserved for this program.

Do I have more chances of winning depending on my country of birth?

Since this is a U.S. Government Program with the aim of diversifying the American population through giving immigration opportunity to under-represented populace, no one country can is permitted to receive more than seven percent of the available immigrant visas available in a single fiscal year.