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Diversity Visa Program

Diversity Visa (DV) Program

Key data:

  • The DV-2016 program registration period will run from noon, EDT on October 1, 2014, through noon, EDT November 3, 2014.
  • The DV-2016 program will be conducted entirely electronically, including electronic entry.  Paper entries are not accepted.  The Department website established for the submission of E-DV entries is
  • Registered entries that comply with form submission instructions will result in the display of a confirmation screen page containing the applicant's name and confirmation number, which should then be printed.  The confirmation screen page will provide information the entrant must use to electronically check the status of his/her own entry through the Entrant Status Check available at  Only those entrants who have their confirmation information will be able to check their Entrant Status and, if selected, receive application instructions and notification of their IV interview appointment.  A link on the Entry Status Check page will allow entrants to retrieve their confirmation number by entering their e-mail address, last name, and year of birth.
  • Entrants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them.  Regardless of whether an entry is submitted by the individual directly or assistance is provided by an attorney, friend, relative, etc., only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual, and the person entering DV-2016 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
  • The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period.  The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries.  Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

10. Please refer to the DV-2016 Instructions at for complete program rules and answers to Frequently Asked Questions from entrants.  These instructions should be read carefully as failure to comply with all the instructions could result in the disqualification of an entry.

Online registration is free.  Please note that any company that charges for assistance with this process is not sanctioned nor affiliated with the Embassy. Good luck!


Each year, the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program makes available up to 50,000 permanent resident visas to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Applicants for Diversity Visas are initially chosen through a computer-generated random lottery drawing, which takes place at the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) in the United States.  Lottery winners who are residents of The Bahamas or Turks and Caicos then must apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau.  All applicants must meet the DV program eligibility requirements in order to receive a visattp://

Where can one receive instructions to enter the lottery ?

For information about the DV program, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Information regarding an upcoming lottery will usually be available in late September.

Entering the DV Lottery

There is only one way to enter the DV lottery.  Applicants must submit an Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form), which is accessible during the 30-day registration period only. 

The exact registration period will be publicized on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website in late September every year.  After an entry is submitted, the applicant will be able to print out a confirmation page with a confirmation number.

Important: Entrants must remember to keep their confirmation page

Lottery entries submitted in paper form to American Embassies abroad will be disqualified.

The American Embassy cannot assist you in completing your electronic Diversity Visa entry.

Is there a fee ?

No, there is no fee for submitting a lottery entry
.  A diversity processing fee is only charged when a winning lottery entrant applies for the diversity visa.  At the time of visa application at a U.S. Consular office, each applicant (the DV entrant and any accompanying family members) will be charged a DV processing fee, and immigrant visa application fee.  Both of these fees are not refundable if the visa is refused.

Is it necessary to use an attorney or consultant?

NO fee is charged to enter the annual DV program.  The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program.
  Any service provider that offers assistance to prepare DV casework for applicants does so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government.  Please click here to see the Department's fraud warning on Diversity Visa scams.

Every entry received during the lottery registration period will have an equal, random chance of being selected within its geographic region.  However, receipt of more than one entry per person will disqualify the person from the DV program for that year, regardless of the source of the entry.

When will lottery winners be notified?

The KCC will not send notification letters to entrants selected for further eligibility.  All information about entrants selected for further eligibility will be posted on the official Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Entrants must check the status of their entry using the Entrant Status Check function at the official DV website, using the confirmation numbers they received when they initially submitted their applications. Entrants must have their confirmation number to access information through Entrant Status Check, which will be the sole means by which DV entrants are notified of their selection, provided instructions on how to proceed with their application, and notified of their immigrant visa interview appointment date and time.

Status information will usually be available from May 1.  Entrants who have lost their confirmation information will not be able to check their E-DV entry status.  KCC will not resend the confirmation page information.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates will not be able to provide a list of those selected to continue the visa process.  Please safeguard your confirmation page with your confirmation number. The U.S. Embassy will be unable to help you recover this information if it is lost.

Will those who did not get selected be notified?

Persons not selected may verify the non-selection of their entry using their confirmation information through the Entrant Status Check function at the official DV website. U.S. Embassies and Consulates will not be able to provide entry status information.

Fraud Alert

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    Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters

    The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom. 

    Please click here to view current fraud warnings on the Department’s website.

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