Diversity Visa

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.

DV-2023: Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2023 program electronically at dvprogram.state.gov between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 6, 2021, and 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry per person during each entry period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Submission of more than one entry will render you ineligible for a DV.

Important information for DV selectees. 

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements of the program before submitting an entry. The Visa Unit in Dublin will not review a case or review any documentation in regards to education or work experience until you have been successfully selected and have submitted an application and paid the necessary fees. Further information is available here.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program requires the principal DV applicant to have a high school education, or its equivalent, or two years of qualifying work experience as defined under provisions of U.S. law. If you do not have either the required education or qualifying work experience, you are not qualified to be issued a diversity visa. (Only you, as the principal applicant, must meet this requirement.)

Please note that being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee that you will receive a visa.  Selection merely means that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa, and if your rank number becomes eligible for final processing, potentially to be issued a DV.  Selected DV applicants who wish to receive visas must be prepared to act promptly on their cases.  Individuals who miss their appointments or come without all required documents risk that a visa will not be available. Diversity Visa appointments cannot be rescheduled for reasons other than serious medical or similar emergencies. A DV reschedule request will only be considered if it is accompanied by a medical report or other documentation regarding the emergency reason.