Diversity Visa

Important Announcement

Instructions for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019)

The Department of State announces the reopening of the registration period for the DV-2019 Diversity Visa lottery. Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2019 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (19:00 Romania time), Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (19:00 Romania time), Wednesday, November 22, 2017. All eligibility requirements remain the same.

The online registration is free! 

The English version of the DV-2019 Program Instructions in PDF format is provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2019 Program Instructions is the only official version.

Unofficial Romanian translation of the instructions is available on the Department of State website at Instrucțiuni pentru programul DIVERSITY VISA 2019.

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.

Instructions for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018)

The English version of the DV-2018 Program Instructions in PDF format is provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2018 Program Instructions is the only official version.

Unofficial Romanian translation of the instructions is available on the Department of State website at Instrucțiuni pentru programul DIVERSITY VISA 2018.