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Friday, May 1, 2020

Visa Lottery (DV-2021) Entrant Status Check Delayed

The opening of the 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery's (DV-2021) online Entrant Status Check system (ESC) has been delayed.

ESC is an online system that allows a Diversity Visa Lottery applicant to check the status of their submission online. This year, the system will open on June 6th instead of May 5th.

According to USCIS, the reason for this delay is because resources are being redirected to dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews for DV-2021 are still on track to begin on October 1st, 2020.

Basically, applicants will have to wait one month longer before they can check their DV-2021 status but the rest of the process has not been delayed.

The Diversity Visa Program is designed for applicants who do not have close family ties and job offers to apply for US permanent resident status. 

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