Diversity Visa

Important Announcement

Instructions for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2021)

The Department of State announces the opening of the registration period for the DV-2021 Diversity Visa lottery. Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (19:00 Romania time), Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (19:00 Romania time), Tuesday, November 5, 2019. All eligibility requirements remain the same.

New rule: 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.

The online registration is free! 

The English version of the DV-2021 Program Instructions in PDF format is provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2021 Program Instructions is the only official version.

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-2020 Program: Online Registration

DV-2020 Program: The revised online registration period for the DV-2020 Program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).  Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified.

DV-2020 Program Instructions

The English version of the DV-2020 Program Instructions in PDF format are provided for your convenience and required use. The English language version of the DV-2020 Program Instructions is the only official version.