Case Status

At the end of your immigrant visa interview, the consular officer will inform you whether your visa application is approved or denied.

Some visa applications require further administrative processing after the interview has been conducted. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing may vary based on the circumstances of each case.  You can check the status of your visa application on

Please do not make any major life changes (such as quitting your job) or make travel plans until you have received a visa. We also discourage you from selling all your property or taking any loans you would be unable to repay if you are refused your visa.  Many applicants are refused, and some qualified applicants may not receive visas after their scheduled interview month because their visas are no longer available.

Because the essential criteria for qualification for a Diversity Visa are so straight-forward, applicants must understand that a refusal under this program is final, and will not be reconsidered.

If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on