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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.

Updated Application information:

****This applies to applicants with interviews scheduled on or after October 1, 2014****

- For the DV-2015 program (applicants selected in May, 2014 to begin applying for immigrant visas after October 1, 2014), the Department of State will use an electronic application form.

- This form, the DS-260 Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, is completed on-line and will allow for more efficient processing of DV program applications.

- The DS-260 will be available at beginning May 19, 2014.

- Applicants for the DV-2015 program may not use the paper form used in previous years to apply for the diversity visa.

- Because the DV program is still transitioning to the on-line application form, the “Visa Status Check” function on the on-line system will not work for DV applications initially. A status check for a DV application will return an error message until the case is scheduled for interview.  It is important that DV program applicants understand this error does not indicate a problem with the actual application.  This check status functionality will be enabled in the coming year.