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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (Visa Lottery)

Each year the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available permanent resident visas to persons meeting the eligibility requirements. Applicants for diversity visas, who are initially chosen through a random computer-generated lottery drawing, must demonstrate that they have either a high school education or its equivalent or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience.

For more general information about the Diversity Visa Program, please see the Department of State’s website:

The official website for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is:

NOTE: Fraudulent websites are posing as official U.S. government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. government have sought money in order to "complete" DV entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.

Scam Alert

If you have received an email notifying you that your application for the Diversity Visa (DV) Program has been successful and that you must send money to a named individual to proceed with your application, you are a victim of a scam.   

Successful DV applicants are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) by letter, NOT email and are provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process. The KCC will not ask you to send money to them, to any U.S. Embassy or to any person by mail or by services such as Western Union. 

Remember, successful DV applicants are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC).  No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify DV applicants of their winning entry or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.