Diversity Visa Lottery Program DV-2021

Instructions: Complete instructions can be found on the Department of State’s public webpage at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-instructions.html

When: Submit entries for DV-2021 beginning Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 19:00 (Romania time) and before Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 19:00 (Romania time). 

Where: Electronic entries are accepted ONLY at https://dvprogram.state.gov/.

Fees: There is NO fee to enter the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. 

How many times can I enter?

The law allows only one entry per person during the registration period.

New rules: All principal entrants must also include the passport number, country of issuance, and expiration date for their valid, unexpired passport.  This requirement applies to the principal entrant only, not to dependents.  Entrants who do not submit required passport information will be disqualified.  All entrants must enroll with a recent photo, taken within the last six months. Entries submitted with the same photo from last year (DV-2020) will be disqualified.

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.

Winning: Beginning May 5, 2020, DV-2021 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at https://dvprogram.state.gov/  to see if their entry was selected.  Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members.  The Department also will confirm visa interview appointments through Entrant Status Check.

Be careful! If you receive an e-mail notifying you that you were selected and you are requested to send money this is fraud – don’t be a victim!  Only use the Entrant Status Check on the official web page to learn if you were selected. 

Department of State e-mail communications will not provide selectee notification, will not direct recipients to pay fees, will not provide application instructions, and will not detail visa interview dates and times.  This information is ONLY available through Entrant Status Check on the official web page at https://dvprogram.state.gov/.