The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, where 50,000 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. 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.
The online registration period for the DV-2021 Program begins on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and concludes on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please submit your entry at official website https://dvlottery.state.gov/. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.
The English version of the DV-2021 Program Instructions in PDF format are provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2021 Program Instructions is the only official version. Unofficial translations in additional languages will be added to travel.state.gov webpage as they become available.
The DV-2020 Diversity Visa program registration period was between October 3, 2018 and November 6, 2018. All submission processing at https://dvlottery.state.gov/ has finished.
DV-2020 Program entrants may enter their confirmation information at https://dvlottery.state.gov/ starting from noon (EDT) on May 7, 2019 in order to check their DV Entrant Status. DV-2020 entrants should keep their confirmation number until at least September 30, 2020.
Please view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program, and step-by-step guidance to help you submit an entry. (Note: minor changes have been made to the DV-2020 entry form, but the instructions provided in the video are still valid.)
Diversity Visa Program Information
There is no cost to submit an entry form. We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without any agent or facilitator who offers to help. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will not be able to access the online system that will inform you of your entry status.
See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about: