What is Case Number in DV Lottery Application and Visa Processing?

DV case numbers comes about during the selection process. When you apply for electronic diversity visa lottery program and successfully complete the application process, you will receive the confirmation number. You will use the confirmation number to check the results (i.e the status of your entry through DV website).

When you check the results and you find out that you are among the winners of the DV lottery, one of the most important numbers that will be given to you is called the Case Number.

The case number starts with the fiscal year, the geographical location or origin, and then other number. For instance, let say you applied for 2023 Diversity Visa Lottery program and when you check the status of your entry through DV website.

Your case number will be like this, 2023AF00007506, where 2024 is the fiscal visa year; AF is abbreviation for the region where you are from e.g Africa region; then the ‘intervening’ zeros; and 7506 is the selectee’s actual case number.

The number will be able to be used to determine when you are going to process the visa or to be called for the interview.

Importance of Case Number in DV Lottery

The importance of the case number is as follows:

The case number determines when you will be able to go for the interview. Remember, the interview for the diversity visa lottery winners are going to be scheduled based on the numbers and those numbers are also going to be displayed in what is called the visa bulletin.

Once your case number is current in the Visa Bulletin, you can check your status via DV lottery official webpage.

In each middle of the month they give the visa bulletin, where they post the visa cutoff number to be process.

Those cut off number is the case number which will be there. For example, they may say that the case number 1000 to 2000, your interview is in October, and if it is that way, you know your own interview date or period.

The case number is going to determine when you are likely to be able to contact with the interview.

After knowing that, the case number will be using along with the confirmation number to fill the visa form the DS-260.

You will need to enter your DV case number into the online DS-260 form to access and update the information about yourself and your family that you included in your DV entry.

So your case number determines how and when you will be able to go for the interview and be able to process for the visa to come to the United States of America.

How do I get my DV confirmation number?

READ: What to do with Confirmation Number

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