An annual Diversity Immigration Program, commonly known as the visa lottery, will make available for the year 2020, by random selection, 50,000 immigrant visas 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.
The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State website during the specified and limited-time registration period.
Important: Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses. Diversity Visa applicants may add spouses acquired after their initial registration.
NEW ENTRY PERIOD FOR DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM – DV-2020
The registration period for DV-2020 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Standard Time, October 3, 2018, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, November 6, 2017. Individuals should apply as early as possible to avoid any delays in the process. Those who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified. More information regarding the process and qualifications are available here.
Please note: natives of Brazil are NOT eligible to apply for the Diversity Lottery visa as the country has sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. during the previous five years.
Selection of Applicants
Applicants will be selected at random by computer from among all qualified entries. Those selected will be notified by an eletronic system 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. Legal 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 previous 2018 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 warning;
- DV qualifying countries;
- DV qualifying education or training requirements;
- Procedures for submitting an Entry;
- Current DV lottery status check and results.
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