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Visa Lottery

Diversity Visa or "Green Card Lottery"

The entry registration period for DV-2008 is now over.

The annual diversity immigration program makes available by random selection 55,000 immigrant visas each year to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.  Eligibility to apply for this program is determined by a person’s place of birth, not citizenship.

Each applicant must file an application electronically with the Department of State and will be chosen randomly.  Applicants may prepare and submit their own entries or have someone submit the entry for them.  Applicants for diversity immigrant status must have a high school education or two years of work experience in a skilled job. Provisions for submission of registration applications will be announced by the Department of State in advance of each year’s application period.  Only one such application may be filed each year per person.  Aliens who qualify through random selection must apply for and receive their visas within one year of selection.

For more information, please visit the State Department's Diversity Visa Lottery website.

Fraud Warning

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining U.S. visas.  There are many websites which attempt to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites. Many may have a U.S. flag or picture of an official U.S. Government building or famous U.S. person to mislead you into believing that the website is sponsored by the U.S. Government, when they are not. They may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration procedures, which are otherwise free on the Department of State Visa Services Website, or overseas through the Embassy Consular Section Websites. Additionally, they may require you to pay for services you will not receive by contacting you by email to take advantage of their false offer to get a U.S. Visa.

If you are seeking a U.S. visa or service, we strongly recommend that you read the Department of State's fraud warning on imposter or fraudulent websites, emails and advertisements before proceeding.

DV Lottery

If you have received an email notifying you that your application for the Diversity Visa Program has been successful and that in order to proceed with your application you are required to send money to a named individual at the U.S. Embassy in London, 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 or to this Embassy or any other U.S. Embassy by mail or by services such as Western Union.  

For those of you who have applied for DV-2012 official notification of selection will be made on line through the Entry Status Check which will be available from May 1, 2011 on the E-DV website at

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.