Diversity Visa Program

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 travel.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.

2019 Diversity Visa Program Online Registration is Open!

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Unfortunately, due to technical issues, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended, and all enrollments made prior to, will need to be resubmitted.  The new entry period for DV-2019 will open for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and close at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Applicants who entered before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will not be considered and will need to submit another entry during the new registration period.  These applicants may submit a new entry without fear of disqualification for submitting more than one entry.

To learn more, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website: travel.state.gov.

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The State Department Web site for the 2019 Diversity Visa program (DV-2019) is now open. The entry submission period for DV-2019 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 3, 2017 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 7, 2017

DV-2019 Program Instructions

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