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Green Card Lottery results out on May 4. Here’s how to check your status

Results for the DV-2025 Diversity Visa, popularly known as the Green Card Lottery, will be available online from Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Applicants who entered the DV-2024 Lottery during the open registration period from October 4, 2023, and November 7, 2023, will be able to check if they won from May 4, 2024.

The Diversity Visa Programme, popularly known as the Green Card Lottery, is administered by the US Department of State and makes up to 55,000 Green Cards available on a lottery basis to nationalities with historically low rates of immigration to the US.

Registration for the lottery is done online only by submitting Form DS-5501 on the DV programme website and is free of charge.

Kenya has one of the highest numbers of winners in the world.

To qualify for an immigrant visa, an applicant must have a high school education or its equivalent or have worked for two years within the last five years in an occupation that requires two years’ training or experience.

The Green Card, also known as the Permanent Resident Card, is an identification document that confirms a foreigner’s residency status in the US.

It proves that the holder is a lawful permanent resident and has been officially granted immigration benefits, including permission to live and work in the US.

The document shows that the person is a lawful permanent resident of the US.

A cardholder enjoys all the protections and rights of US law, has the right to live and work in the US without being a US citizen, and pays US taxes.

The State Department reminds entrants that there is no charge to enter the lottery. The Department does not charge a fee, and any website, individual or company that claims the Department charges a fee is attempting to defraud entrants.

To check if they have won, participants need their confirmation number, surname/family name and year of birth.

Last year, hundreds of Kenyans who won a chance to migrate to the US after being selected in the Diversity Visa 2023 lottery were locked out after the US Embassy in Nairobi said all remaining Diversity Visa appointments would be cancelled from September 7, 2023, regardless of the stage of the process they were in.

“Dear Diversity Visa Applicant: Your visa was issued on August 22, 2023, and will be sent to your DHL registered branch. However, your derivatives will be faced with the sudden closure of the DV 2023 season on 7 September 2023,” the letter read in part.

According to the US Embassy, individuals who won the Diversity Visa 2023 lottery and have not yet been interviewed have been advised not to schedule a medical examination at the IOM in Nairobi because the interviews have been cancelled.