Diversity Visa Program

United States Government announces this year’s Diversity Visa Program (DV-2021) entrance period

Registration period

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 entry period between 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 5, 2019.


The annual Diversity Visa Program, popularly known as the visa lottery, will make available for the year 2021, by random selection, 55,000 immigrant visas to people from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Eligibility for participation in this program is determined by the person’s place of birth, not by citizenship.

The only official way to apply for the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery is directly through the State Department website for the time limit of the application period.

Important: Diversity Visa applicants may include same-sex spouses on their initial enrollment or add spouses acquired after initial enrollment. Regarding the previous DV, relatives who will not travel together with the main applicant for the DV 2020, but at a later date, must have their visas issued before September 30, 2019. For additional information, click here.

Selection of Applicants

Applicants will be selected at random by computer from among all qualified entries. Those selected will be notified by mail and will be provided further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Persons not selected will not receive any notification. US embassies and consulates will not be able to provide a list of successful applicants. Spouses and unmarried children of successful applicants under age 21 may also apply for visas to accompany or follow to join the principal applicant.

In order to actually receive a visa, applicants selected in the random drawing must meet ALL eligibility requirements under US law. Processing of entries and issuance of diversity visas to successful applicants and their eligible family members must occur by midnight on September 30th of the lottery year. Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow to join the applicant in the US after this date.

Notification to winners

Notifications to those selected in the random lottery are NOT sent by email or mail. People who applied for the 2020 Diversity Visa lottery program can now check their status online. To check, have your confirmation number ready and follow the instructions at www.dvlottery.state.gov to find out if your application is moving forward.

Please Note:  Should you receive an e-mail notification or a mailed letter about your E-DV selection, be aware that the notification is not legitimate. It is only after you are selected, and respond to the notification instructions made available to you via Entry Status Check, and processing begins on your case, that you may receive follow-up e-mail communication from the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) informing you to review Entry Status Check for new information about your application. The KCC will not ask you to send money to them by mail or by services such as Western Union. Don’t be fooled by scams when applying for an U.S. diversity visa.

Additional Diversity Visa Program Information

See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about:

  • Important fraud warnings;
  • DV qualifying countries;
  • DV qualifying education or training requirements;
  • Procedures for submitting an Entry;
  • Current DV lottery status check and results.