Diversity Visa Program

Notice Regarding Change in Entry Status Check for DV 2021:

In response to the international COVID-19 crisis, all routine visa services have been suspended.

In order to prioritize the response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Department is postponing the opening of the Entrant Status Check for DV 2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. Beginning June 6, 2020, DV 2021 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at dvprogram.state.gov to see if their entry was selected. The delayed opening will not negatively impact our ability to pre-process and schedule DV 2021 interviews, which are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020. There are some additional changes to the application procedures this year in line with the effort to combat fraud and protect applicants from unscrupulous visa facilitators. Please see the latest DV instructions at travel.state.gov for more details.

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.