Diversity Visa Program
Diversity Visa Program
An annual Diversity Immigration Program, commonly known as the visa lottery, makes available each year by random selection 55,000 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 registration period takes place each Fall online. You can only register for the Program during the official registration period and you can only register online.
Registration Period for DV-2014 has closed
The online registration period for the DV-2014 Program closed on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). It is no longer possible to register for DV-2014; be aware of websites or emails advising you otherwise. They are NOT operating on behalf of the U.S. government.
Notification to DV-2014 Winners
Starting May 1, 2013, you will be able to check the status of your DV-2014 entry by returning to www.dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2014, you will NOT be notified by email.
The Entrant Status Check will also be the sole means of providing instructions to you on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview. Therefore, it is essential you retain your confirmation number.
For those of you who have applied for DV-2013 official notification of selection will be made on line through the Entry Status Check which will be available from May 1, 2012 on the E-DV website at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov
Department of State Warning
Federal Trade Commission Warning
January 5, 2011 - 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) and for DV-2012 and onwards, through the online Entry Status check as stated above. 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.
Reminder: Website and email addresses ending with .com, .org or .net suffix are not official U.S. government websites. Anything that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect.