Diversity Visa Program

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 55,000 immigrant visas would be available in an annual lottery, starting in fiscal year 1995. The lottery aims to diversify the immigrant population in the United States, by selecting applicants mostly from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States in the previous five years.

To apply for a diversity visa, follow the steps on the Diversity Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov.  Once you have completed those steps, review the instructions given to you by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Please note that any person who receives a letter or email that states that he or she has been selected in the Diversity Visa program or promises a Green Card should consider the contents illegitimate and fraudulent. Furthermore, there are no third-party payments in the Diversity Visa process.  The only required payment is the visa fee itself, which is paid at the U.S. Embassy.

Entrants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them, but the entrant remains responsible for ensuring that the information is correct and complete.

The law allows only one entry for each person during each registration period. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. However, a husband and a wife may each submit a separate entry, listing the other as a derivative dependent, if each meets the eligibility requirements.

Delayed Opening of the DV-2021 Entrant Status Check

The Department of State has postponed the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The Department’s resources are currently being used in its role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are being prioritized for the assistance to U.S. citizens overseas. The delayed opening will not negatively impact our ability to pre-process and schedule DV-2021 interviews, which are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020. For details, please visit:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/dv2021-entrant-status-check-announcement.html

  • The Department accepts DV entries ONLY through the E-DV site, which has complete instructions. The E-DV site can be found here: https://dvprogram.state.gov/ There is no fee to enter.  All entrants must print and retain their online confirmation page after completing their DV entries so that they will be able to check their entry status as explained below.
  • It is very important for entrants to keep a record of their unique confirmation number until at least September 30, 2021.  The confirmation number is the only way to check whether an entry has been selected and to obtain visa application and appointment information, if selected.  The unique confirmation number helps to protect DV entrants against fraud, malfeasance, and problems with the mail.  Unscrupulous visa facilitators have been known to assist entrants with their entries, retain the confirmation page, and then demand more money in exchange for information on the entry.  Entrants can avoid this by ensuring they receive the unique confirmation number at the time of entry.