US DV Lottery: What Does ‘Has Not Been Selected’ Mean?

In this article, we learn the meaning of the Entry ‘Has Not Been Selected’ in the U.S. DV Lottery. The U.S. DV Lottery, also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery, is a program that allows individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States to apply for a chance to win a green card. The program is very competitive due to the number of people that take part every year.

After the drawing is held, the U.S. government will not mail you a letter, nor email you any notice, alerting you either the entry ‘Has Been Selected’ or ‘Has Not Been Selected’. The only way to find out whether you were lucky is to use the electronic Entrant Status Check at The entry has not been selected for further processing for the electronic diversity visa program at this time. Does that mean that there is no chance to win the DV Visa Lottery or is there still any? 

U.S DV lottery: ‘Has Not Been Selected’ – What Does It Mean?

If you are not a winner of the U.S Diversity Visa lottery, then the feedback you get after checking your entrant status is:

As indicated in the text displayed above, it’s either you were not selected or you didn’t enter the details correctly It usually means you were not selected as this page rarely appears when the information is entered incorrectly. The website prompts you when you enter the details wrongly. All the same, you are advised you crosscheck the details to make sure you entered them correctly. If they appear to be correct, then you were not selected for further processing.

But that could not be the end. Keep your confirmation until September 30 the following year. If you checked DV 2024, the confirmation should be kept until September 30, 2024. In 2011, a new draw was done after the U.S. Department of State noticed that the computer program unfairly selected people who submitted applications in the first two days of the 30-day application process. The results were cancelled after 12 days and a new draw was made. Keep your confirmation, anything can happen.

DV 2017 had a second draw, probably after the US Department of State did not come anywhere close to the expected 50,000 people who should be granted a visa under the migration program. Who knows, a second draw could happen and your confirmation would be needed to check.

If you have any further questions about the application process, entry status, or anything else related to immigrant visas you can contact the U.S. Embassy in Kenya via;

Email Address:

Telephone number: +254 020 363 6622
Calling days – Monday to Thursday
Calling hours – 1 pm to 4 pm 

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