Diversity Visa

DV Program 2020 – Entry Instructions

The DV-2020 program registration period will run from noon, EDT on October 3, 2018, through noon, EST November 6, 2018.

  • The Program will be conducted entirely electronically, including electronic entry.  We will not accept paper entries.  The only official website for the submission of E-DV entries is dvlottery.state.gov.
  • Registered entries that comply with form submission instructions will result in the display of a confirmation screen page that contains the entrant’s name and confirmation number, which the entrant should print.  The confirmation screen page will provide information the entrant must use to check the status of his or her entry electronically through the Entrant Status Check available at dvlottery.state.gov.  Only entrants who have their confirmation information will be able to check their Entrant Status and, if selected, receive application instructions and notification of their Immigrant Visa interview appointment.  A link on the Entry Status Check page will allow entrants to retrieve their confirmation number by entering their email address, last name, and year of birth.
  • Entrants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them.  Whether the individual submits an entry directly, or an attorney, friend, relative, etc. provides assistance, only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual, and the entrant remains responsible for ensuring that the information is correct and complete.  All entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the status of their entry through the Entrant Status Check available at dvlottery.state.gov.
  • The only means by which an entrant may confirm selection and obtain appointment information is through the Entry Status Check available at dvlottery.state.gov.
  • The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period.  Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.
  • Applicants must submit a recent photo taken within the last six months that is compliant with specifications published in the DV-2020 Instructions.  Entries that include the same photo submitted with a previous year’s entry or that do not meet specifications will be disqualified.

Please refer to the DV-2020 Instructions at usvisas.state.gov/dv/instructions for complete program rules and answers to Frequently Asked Questions from entrants.

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.